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Nursing Home Abuse: What You Need to Know

Unfortunately, many elderly people who live in nursing homes are subjected to abuse in many forms: physical, emotional, financial, etc. Nursing home life is already stressful enough with many accompanying emotional and financial costs. In this article, we will explore some of these types of abuse and examples of each. Finally, we will explore a type of legal case that can be pursued in response to such actions of abuse, the personal injury case. We will conclude by discussing what you can do if you or a loved one have become victims of such abuses.
Physical abuse in nursing homes can come in many forms. Hitting, pushing, squeezing and all other unnecessary violence can result in bruising, broken bones and other physical injuries. Instances of physical abuse in nursing homes are always unjustified and warrant legal recourse. If you have any reason to believe that you or a loved one is being physically abused in a nursing home, you should contact a San Antonio nursing home abuse attorney to discuss your rights and options for legal recourse.

Emotional abuse is much harder to prove but might be more ubiquitous. This type of abuse can be in the form of yelling, insults, unnecessary remarks intended to degrade an individual, etc. This type of abuse usually accompanies physical abuse. Signs of emotional abuse include depression, odd behaviors, unusual quietness, etc. If you think that someone you know might be experiencing emotional abuse in a nursing home, you should perform more research and contact a lawyer to discuss your options.

In addition to physical and emotional abuse, there are also countless instances of financial abuse. Many elderly people are housed in nursing homes because of mental and physical deficiencies. Sometimes workers will take advantage of mental deficiencies by cashing resident’s checks, forging their signatures, stealing their items or otherwise. Nursing homes are already expensive, and the devastating costs of theft and fraud can leave an elderly person with little if nothing at all. If you think that someone you know is the victim of financial abuse in a nursing home, please contact a San Antonio nursing home abuse attorney to find out if they are eligible for legal representation.

If any of these abuses occur, an individual might have a case for reparations from personal injury. A personal injury case can be made for negligence or intentional acts and typically has four criteria that must be met:
The alleged party had a responsibility to a certain behavior or action

  1. That party failed to maintain that behavior or action
  2. That failure caused you harm
  3. You suffered financial costs due to the failure

If your case meets these criteria, you might have a personal injury case. To be certain, conduct your own research and gather as much evidence as you can to present to an attorney. Nursing home abuse is unjust, and if you find yourself victimized by any of the aforementioned behaviors, you should seek reparations.

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