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Nursing homes and assisted living care facilities exist to provide a healthy and supervised environment for our elderly loved ones who can no longer take care of themselves. Their purpose is to ensure that they have constant access to medical treatment, and we trust their staff to be caring and compassionate. When a member of a nursing home's staff becomes abusive, it is our right and responsibility to take action.
At Herrig & Vogt, LLP, our Roseville personal injury attorneys are dedicated to protecting victims of nursing home abuse and holding care facilities accountable. We believe that an assisted living home should adhere to the standards of care that we can rely on and are prepared to help fight for justice when they don't. Our team has more than a century of experience in personal injury law, so you can feel confident that we have the knowledge and competence that you need.
Nursing home abuse typically takes one or more of three distinct forms. The first is physical abuse, which can include standard actions like force, aggression, and assault. However, physical abuse can also be carried out through neglect, whereby a nursing home staff fails to take adequate care of a resident's living space. Additionally, improperly administering medications to residents or failing to provide the basic necessities for a healthy lifestyle both qualify as physical abuse. Sexual abuse is also a common and unfortunate type of nursing home abuse.
The second form of abuse is emotional. This is typically carried out by nursing home staff members who are verbally aggressive towards residents. Emotional abuse can occur when a staff member prohibits a resident from participating in certain activities, limits their access to rooms or provisions, or refuses to allow visitation. Furthermore, a staff member might use threats of deprivation in order to manipulate or control a resident.
Finally, the last form of elder abuse in nursing homes is financial. Through financial abuse, a staff member takes advantage of an elder's inability to properly administer their assets in order to personally benefit. A staff member can do this by using an elder's medical insurance to profit or using their bank accounts for personal funding. Additionally, a staff member can manipulate an elderly patient into altering his or her wills and trusts to change inheritances or beneficiaries.
If you believe that a member of the nursing home staff may be abusing your elderly loved one, it is important to be aware of the different symptoms of physical, sexual, and financial abuse. You should be watchful of staff members, especially if they are difficult when it comes to allowing you to spend time with your loved one.
Warning signs that your loved one may be the victim of abuse include:
These symptoms are especially important to take note of if they are out of the normal character of your loved one, or if the change occurred rapidly and for seemingly no reason. If you notice these signs, it is important that you compile records and notify authorities of possible abuse. Furthermore, a Roseville personal injury lawyer can be in your corner to help you gather evidence and stand up for your elder's rights.
Herrig & Vogt, LLP is a team of legal professionals that is committed to being aggressive and passionate advocates for victims of negligence. If your elderly loved ones are being abused by the people you have entrusted to care for them, we want to help you take action. We can provide competent legal counsel to help you hold nursing homes accountable for the unsafe and neglectful treatment of their residents.
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