Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Signs of Resident Abuse or Neglect
One of the most difficult decisions we face as an adult is the decision to place our loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Most people assume the facilities are safe and caring places. Unfortunately, that can be untrue and some residents of nursing homes and other health care facilities are victims of neglect and abuse. Contact our Washington D.C. nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys.
It is reported that an estimated 2.1 million seniors are the victims of some form of abuse each year in the United States. Some experts estimate that as many as five times more cases go unreported. Research suggests that abused elders tend to die earlier than seniors who are well cared for, even in the absence of life-threatening and chronic conditions.
We have experience litigating and trying cases involving injuries and early death of seniors due to neglect and abuse.
Types of Elder Abuse
The most common type of elder abuse is physical abuse or neglect. However, seniors in our community may also suffer from over-medication, 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
- Unexplained falls
- Broken bones
Emotional abuse of the elderly may include:
- Intimidation through yelling and threats
- Withdrawn resident who will not speak
- Reports that the resident is trying to leave or wandering off
- Isolating the resident from other residents and/or activities
Learn more about what to look for in medical records.
If you have any of these concerns please feel free to contact us at 202-803-5800 or email us.