Indianapolis Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
We entrust the care of our loved ones to nursing homes when they are in need of more frequent and experienced medical care than we can provide. The decision to place a spouse, parent, or other loved one in a nursing home is never easy for a family. Therefore, if you believe your loved one has been victim of nursing home abuse, you may be feeling rightfully outraged.
The Indianapolis nursing home malpractice attorneys of Hankey Law Office, are prepared to help families like yours during this difficult time. Contact us today at (317) 634-8565 and we will provide a free consultation on the legal ramifications of nursing home abuse.
Inadequate Elder Care
In order to save money, some elderly care facilities overlook the basic needs of their residents. This may include hiring an insufficient number of staff, causing many residents to be neglected as there are simply not enough caregivers to tend to all needs. Hiring inexperienced or improperly trained staff will also save the nursing home money and could unnecessarily endanger the welfare of residents. Other dangers associated with staff concerns may include a cook preparing food incorrectly or the administration ignoring the needs and advice of the doctors and nurses.
Physical Abuse in Nursing Homes
“Elder abuse” is often under-reported in nursing homes because residents may be afraid to tell their loved ones about abuse and these cases may be hard to identify. If you have noticed your loved one experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is important that you contact an attorney today. Some forms and signs of physical abuse include:
- Lack of exercise
- Improperly maintained facility
- Sexual abuse
- Weight loss
- Significant personality changes
- Social withdrawal
- Bruising and/or cuts
The Indianapolis nursing home malpractice attorneys at the Hankey Law Office, understand that nursing home abuse causes pain and suffering for both the resident and his or her family. If your loved one has been injured due to the negligence of an assisted nursing facility, it is important to speak with an attorney immediately. Contact us today at (317) 634-8565 for a free consultation.
Nursing Home Abuse FAQs
What are common signs of nursing home abuse?
Often, older people living in nursing homes are fragile, physically and mentally, and sometimes are not in the right state of mind. This makes it easy for them to be taken advantage of and for abuse to go unnoticed. Common signs of abuse include recurring bruises, bedsores, dehydration, cuts or lacerations, unexplained injuries, a sudden change in behavior or disposition, and emotional distancing or agitation. If you notice any of these signs or other unusual activity, you may be dealing with nursing home abuse. The attorneys of the Hankey Law Office know that you want to do all you can to protect your elder loved ones, and we are devoted to making sure they are cared for correctly.
What are the different types of nursing home abuse?
The fragile state of elderly nursing home residents, as well as the power and authority held by nursing home staff, allows seniors to be easily taken advantage of in a variety of ways. To get residents to do what they want, or to boost their own personal gain, staff members may use physical force or tricks on residents. Whether it is physical abuse, emotional abuse, financial abuse, or sexual abuse, abused residents can suffer mentally, physically, and emotionally. If you are suspicious that nursing home abuse may be occurring in your loved one’s facility, contact the nursing home abuse attorneys at the Hankey Law Office.
What should I do if I suspect nursing home abuse?
If you have unnoticed unusual behavior or activity from your loved one, or you have observed instances of abuse, you should take action against the nursing home facility, and get your loved one the proper care they need. First, if possible and necessary, remove your elderly loved one from the care of the nursing home. Next, report the nursing home facility to your local state nursing abuse hotline. This will help ensure that your loved one’s nursing home is evaluated and supervised and that the seniors in the home will be looked after with the utmost care. Finally, contact a qualified and compassionate nursing home abuse attorney, such as the attorneys of the Hankey Law Office. Our attorneys will do all they can to get your loved one the compensation and care they need.