Help for Families Whose Loved Ones Are Being Physically Abused in Nursing Homes
We represent the rights of the elderly throughout Kentucky and Ohio
The World Health Organization defines physical elder abuse as “the infliction of pain or injury, physical coercion, or physical or drug-induced restraint.” Physical harm that results from neglect may still be defined as physical abuse, or it could fall under the auspices of medical malpractice. At Crandall & Pera Law, we have experience helping families whose loved ones were physically abused through direct means or by neglect. Our medical malpractice attorneys in Kentucky and Ohio work with our on-staff registered nurses to build a case arising from a violation of your family member’s rights.
What you should know about nursing home abuse
The WHO’s report focused on nursing home abuse in one state, but the statistics are startling:
- 36% of the staff reported witnessing abuse of a resident by another staff member
- 10% of the staff admitted to abusing a resident
- 10% of nursing home residents suffer some kind of abuse each year
The signs of physical abuse
It can be difficult to determine whether your family member’s injury was caused by accident or by physical abuse. A bruise on the arm could be from a staff member accidentally misplacing an IV, or it could be the result of a staff member or other resident grabbing your family member. Some common signs of physical abuse include:
- Abrasions, lacerations or bruises that circle the entire arm, wrist, shoulder, leg or foot
- Burn marks in the shape of a cigarette or cigar
- Increased or traumatic tooth loss
- Increased or traumatic hair loss, especially if the hair loss occurs in “patches” or seems to be accompanied by abrasions, swelling, lacerations or scabbing
- Bruising as a result of prolonged or excessive pinching
- Broken or fractured bones
- Indications around the wrists and ankles of prolonged or excessive restraint
- Internal bleeding or organ failure
Some physical damage, such as bed sores, is often the result of neglect – but neglect is a form of physical abuse, too. If your family member has repeatedly sustained the same type of injury, or seems unwilling or unable to discuss how the injuries occurred, abuse or neglect could be the cause.
Crandall & Pera Law is aware of the rights of nursing home residents, including living without fear of physical abuse. Our team works with outside medical experts when necessary to obtain the recovery to which you or your loved one is entitled.
Counsel for nursing home victims of physical abuse
If your family member was assaulted or injured by nursing home staff or residents, Crandall & Pera Law wants to help. We are able to visit our clients and their families in nursing homes and have secured millions of dollars for nursing home residents throughout Kentucky and Ohio. Please call 877-686-8879 or fill out this convenient online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.