Nursing Home Abuse Cases Under Investigation
Our lawyers are investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of residents
who suffered from the following types of abuse:
Physical Abuse: Not limited to battery or other physical contact, this type of nursing
home abuse can also be seen in force-feeding, overmedication and
excessive use of chemical or physical restraints.
Emotional Abuse: Mental abuse in a nursing home can refer to verbal degradation or
threats, isolation, sarcastic remarks or insults. Mental abuse can
also refer to emotional manipulation, which occurs when a staff member
deceitfully influences a resident for their own advantage. For
instance, nursing home residents may be manipulated into overlooking
forms of nursing home abuse for fear they will not be fed, bathed or
In addition, nursing home residents can be manipulated into acting in
ways that don't create "difficulties" for the employee but may be
harmful to the resident themselves. For instance, a nursing home
resident may be afraid to ask for a glass of water or snack for fear
they will be reprimanded or hit. As a result, the resident may become
dehydrated or malnourished.
Likewise, nursing home abuse may also take the form of emotional
threats, which occur when a resident is threatened into keeping quiet
about abuse within the facility. Residents suffering from emotional
abuse may exhibit less obvious warning signs, such as withdrawal, mood
swings, low self-esteem, involuntary seclusion, unexplained
confusion, anxiety or depression, and odd behaviors such as sucking,
rocking or biting.
Sexual Abuse: Sexual abuse in nursing homes can occur when the resident is forced or
tricked into unwanted sexual contact or when the individual is too
weak or ill to give consent. A nursing home resident can be sexually
abused by a staff member, another resident, visitor, stranger or a
Financial Abuse: Financial abuse occurs when the person responsible for monitoring an
elder's spending habits exploits their position through the
misappropriation of funds, property, or other assets. Examples may
include tardy bill payments, using funds or property for their own
benefit, cashing checks without consent from the owner, forcing
signatures to gain access to funds or possessions, taking advantage of
a power of attorney for personal advancement, and tricking a resident
into signing a will, contract or another legal document.
Neglect: Neglect refers to the failure of a senior's caretaker to execute the
degree of care expected from a person in their position. Some of the
most common forms of nursing home neglect include failure to assist
with personal hygiene, failure to provide appropriate food clothing or
shelter, failure to provide medical treatment when vital, failure to
address health and safety hazards, and failure to acknowledge
unsanitary conditions and its effects on residents.
early on can make or break a nursing home case.