According to the National Center for Elder Abuse, 1 in 3 seniors in nursing homes experience various forms of abuse. Physical abuse is one of the more common types of harmful conduct toward nursing home residents.
Physical abuse in nursing homes involves the intentional or reckless use of physical force that leads to physical harm, pain, or impairment. Unfortunately, when elderly patients suffer any form of abuse, the experience often reduces their life expectancy.
Below is some information about the physical abuse of nursing home residents. To discuss specific concerns, reach out to our nursing home abuse attorneys in Chicago right away.
Physical abuse takes a toll on seniors and can lead to long-term illness or death. Here are some tell-tale signs.
Lastly, there are other health indicators that point to a potential physical abuse case. For instance, delays when seeking medical care following physical harm or an underlying treatment history for the same injury.
The apparent effect of physical abuse is bodily harm, e.g., bruises, neck, back, and internal injuries. The degree of physical injuries varies from one patient to another, with some requiring expensive treatment.
When patients experience recurring physical abuse and neglect, they will likely suffer other problems. Here are some other physical effects that abuse victims suffer:
Some injuries are not visible – however, any form of physical abuse has a psychological impact. As such, a family member can take cues from a sudden change in behavior or personality.
Examples of psychological impact include eating disorders, agitation, refusal to take medication, depression, and eating problems. Keep in mind that psychological effects also contribute to severe illness and mental regression.
What are some of the risk factors of physical abuse in nursing homes? Elders with disabilities, mental illness, or other underlying health conditions are highly likely to experience physical abuse.
How can you treat physical abuse? A physically abused patient should be taken to a doctor or emergency as soon as possible. It’s also advisable to transfer your loved one from a nursing facility where they experienced physical abuse.
Should I hire a lawyer to deal with physical abuse? A nursing home abuse lawyer can help get your loved one out of danger, facilitate proper reporting, and seek legal redress in court.
The role of a nursing home is to take care of residents and not subject them to physical abuse. Our legal team at Malman Law can represent you in pursuing a claim against a nursing home or its employees. Contact us to learn more about nursing home abuse representation.
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