Time catches up to everyone eventually. As we enter our golden years, most of us look forward to a peaceful retirement, filled with happy moments with family and friends. Unfortunately, for many elderly people, what should be a beautiful stage of life turns into an unending nightmare of neglect and abuse. And that is unacceptable.
The Torrance personal injury attorneys of the Law Offices of Edward Deason are devoted to protecting the rights of those who are injured through the negligence of others. We are particularly proud to be able to stand up for those innocent victims who are unable to stand up for themselves. Many elderly people who suffer from nursing home abuse either cannot or are afraid to speak up for themselves and assert their rights. We eagerly give voice to their complaints, fighting on their behalf for the justice to which they are entitled.
If you have an elderly family member who is in the care of a nursing home, and you suspect that your loved one has been the victim of abuse by the staff of the facility, we encourage you to schedule an evaluation of your potential case with our Torrance nursing home abuse attorneys today. Together, we can help to ensure that your elderly loved one is able to return to a life of dignity and comfort.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse can take several possible forms, including:
- Neglect - Nursing home residents rely on their caretakers for such essentials as food, water, medication, and hygiene. They often need help using the bathroom, bathing, changing clothes, or even turning over in bed. If your loved one is showing signs of poor hygiene, untreated medical problems, skin abnormalities, dehydration, or malnutrition, he or she may be the victim of neglect.
- Physical abuse - Too often, nursing home employees use force on residents, hitting, kicking, pushing, slapping, or even burning them out of anger or frustration. If you notice unexplained marks, bruises, cuts, sores, swelling, or scratching on your loved one’s body - especially if he or she is hesitant to talk about how these injuries occurred - you have good reason to suspect physical abuse.
- Sexual abuse - Many seniors are unable to prevent unwanted sexual acts from occurring, leading them to be vulnerable to abuse by caretakers. Rape, forced nudity, improper touching, and similar forms of sexual abuse can cause elderly residents to become withdrawn, moody, frightened, and uncommunicative. He or she may also exhibit physical signs of having been restrained or forced into a sexual act. If your loved one displays unusual behavior or flinches at physical contact, he or she may be a victim of sexual abuse.
- Psychological abuse - Name calling, bullying, threats, degradation, and other forms of psychological abuse may cause your loved one to become abnormally quiet or easily agitated. Constant psychological abuse can also lead to chronic depression and feelings of self-loathing. Our Torrance brain injury attorneys can help if your elderly loved one is the victim of psychological abuse.
- Financial abuse - Forged checks, late bill payments, and outright theft are, sadly, common in nursing homes. If your loved one cannot explain financial discrepancies or the loss of funds, he or she may be the victim of financial abuse.
Contact the personal injury attorneys of the Torrance Law Offices of Edward Deason today.