At LaCourse Law, our attorneys have experience handling elder abuse lawsuits and have the resources needed to help nursing home residents and families with their claims.
While each case is different, our attorneys have recovered significant awards in nursing home abuse cases. The goal of our nursing home lawyers is not only to recover compensation for nursing home residents who have been abused, but also to deter other nursing homes from engaging in similar conduct.
Types of Elder Abuse
While physical abuse is the most prevalent type of elder abuse, senior citizens are also suffering emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.
Some of the more common signs of physical abuse of the elderly are:
- Unexplained bruises and cuts
- Torn or bloody clothing
- Broken bones
Emotional abuse of the elderly may include:
- Intimidation through yelling and threats
- Ignoring the patient
- Isolating the patient from other residents and/or activities
- Terrorizing the patient
- Mocking the patient
Financial exploitation is actually the most common form of non-physical abuse of the elderly. An unscrupulous caregiver may:
- Misuse the elder's checks, accounts, or credit cards
- Steal money, steal checks, or steal belongings
- Forge signatures
- Authorize withdrawals or transfer of monies
- Steal the patient's identity
Some of the more common rackets to swindle elders out of their money are announcing they have won a “prize,” phony charities and shady investment opportunities.
Signs of Abuse
If your elderly loved one has been neglected, you may notice:
- Medications not being administered or administered improperly
- Soiled clothing or bed linens
- Unsanitary living conditions
People who are placed in nursing homes are entrusted into their care because they are compromised. Whether their lack of ability is physical or mental, their often frail health means that they are especially vulnerable and require extra protection. If you need help making sure that your loved ones rights are preserved and protected, contact an experienced attorney at LaCourse Law.