Physical Abuse in Nursing Homes
Seeking Justice for Abused Elders Nationwide
Physical abuse against the elderly is intolerable. That’s why the nursing home abuse attorneys at Baron & Budd are committed to standing up against abusive and negligent nursing home facilities. We help victims and their families send a powerful message to negligent care facilities: everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. There is no excuse for elder assault and physical abuse.
Physical nursing home abuse is a pervasive epidemic in the United States and targets one of the most vulnerable demographics in the nation. If you know that someone you love suffered physical abuse in a negligent nursing home, contact Baron & Budd to discuss the details of your case with a nursing home abuse attorney.
Understanding Physical Abuse in Nursing Homes
Physical abuse may seem like a simple concept, but is more complex than most people realize. Common forms of physical abuse are hitting, slapping, punching, kicking, and shaking, but the term “physical abuse” doesn’t end here. Countless reports, investigations, and lawsuits reveal that abusive and uncaring nursing home personnel are capable of all types of physical abuse against elders, including:
- Throwing Objects
- Hair Pulling
- Unnecessary Chemical Restraints
- Painful Physical Restraints
- Strangulation / Asphyxiation
- Fractured Bones
- Pushing / Pulling
- Burns / Scalding
Sadly, physical abuse is not always easy to detect and often goes unnoticed by family members and loved ones. The telltale signs of physical abuse range from bruises, cuts, burns, and other scars, to behavioral changes like depression, mood swings, and suicide attempts.
Who is responsible for physical abuse in nursing homes?
There are three major factors that increase the likelihood of physical abuse in nursing homes: lack of oversight, lack of funding, and negligent hiring.
- Lack of Oversight – Nursing homes are liable for residents’ injuries when they fail to provide the oversight needed to ensure residents’ safety. This applies to care homes that fail to investigate reports of abuse or do not create / implement policies to protect nursing home abuse victims from repeated mistreatment.
- Lack of Funding – Without funding, nursing homes cannot hire enough staff, and understaffed nursing homes are more likely to have reported cases of abuse. These work environments tend to create stress, which can trigger malicious and abusive behavior from nursing home personnel to residents.
- Negligent Hiring – Nursing home personnel should have no record of abusive behavior. Negligent care homes may fail to conduct background checks on new employees and hire staff members with a known history of abuse and mistreatment, placing residents at a higher risk of suffering future physical abuse.
When to Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
If you identify the signs of physical abuse, speak with an attorney today. Some of the most common indicators of physical abuse are:
- Frequent trips to the hospital or emergency room
- Unexplained bruising, burns, or other injuries
- “Wrap-around” bruises, usually on the victim’s arm
- Broken bones, sprains, or joint dislocations
- Abrasions possibly caused by ropes or restraints
- Depression, withdrawal, or behavioral changes
- Delay between the time of injury and treatment
Was your loved one abused? We can help.
Baron & Budd has over 35 years of legal experience helping victims of abuse fight for just compensation. As one of the largest, most respected plaintiff’s law firms in the nation, we draw from an in-depth pool of resources and knowledge to help clients like you file suit against negligent facilities. Today, we are here to help your family. For more information about your legal rights, contact our office and schedule a free consultation with one of our nursing home abuse attorneys.