Nursing home abuse can consist of recurrent neglect or a single egregious act that causes physical, psychological, or financial injury to a vulnerable adult. Nursing home employees are held to a higher standard of care to prevent foreseeable harm to their patients. In general, there are six broad categories of abuse that nursing home patients may suffer at the hands of a caregiver:
- Physical Abuse: Caregivers who inflict or threaten to inflict physical injury or pain on a vulnerable adult commit physical abuse. This may also occur when caregivers deprive patients of a basic physical need.
- Psychological Abuse: The infliction of mental anguish or distress on an elder person constitutes emotional abuse, which may include verbal or nonverbal acts.
- Sexual Abuse: This occurs when a caregiver has non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with a vulnerable adult.
- Financial Exploitation: Caregivers may financially exploit elders by unlawfully taking, misusing, or concealing the money, property, or other assets of a vulnerable adult.
- Neglect: The failure or refusal of caregivers to provide food, shelter, health care, or protection for an elderly patient is deemed neglect.
- Abandonment: When caregivers desert their patients, they have failed to fulfill their obligation to provide adequate care.
Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Can Help
Nursing home abuse and neglect is especially egregious because of the inherent vulnerability of the victims. Often, nursing home injury victims are afraid or unwilling to pursue a case against their abusers because they fear retaliation from caregivers or nursing home staff. An experienced nursing home injury attorney can help protect abuse victims against retaliatory treatment. The injury attorneys at Levenbaum Trachtenberg can evaluate your case, assess your injuries, and get you the compensation you deserve.
Levenbaum Trachtenberg is the southwest’s oldest and most experienced personal injury law firm. Call us today at 602-271-0183 for a no-risk consultation on your nursing home abuse case.