Nursing Home Abuse

Have you or a loved one suffered nursing home abuse?

About 1.6 million elderly and adults in the United States reside in long-term care facilities where they face the unfortunate risk of suffering nursing home abuse and neglect. Nursing home abuse occurs when a patient is intentionally or negligently harmed, causing serious physical and/or emotional injury or even death. Sadly, nursing home abuse is one of the most underreported crimes in the United States because the signs of abuse are often difficult to detect.

If you or a loved one suffered harm because of nursing home abuse, you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for your losses. Please contact us today to speak with a competent and caring attorney who can evaluate your case and inform you of your legal rights and options.

Types of nursing home abuse

In essence, nursing home abuse can involve any form of aggressive treatment including physical or emotional violence, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, and more.

  1. Physical abuse can often be detected by the appearance of unexplained injuries such as wounds, bruises, fractures, sprains, internal bleeding, and more. Any of these signs may be indicators of some form of physical nursing home abuse. Hitting, slapping, kicking, overdosing or under-dosing drugs, or any other form of physical contact that may cause harm to a patient is also considered physical abuse.
  2. Verbal and emotional abuse occurs when a nursing home patient is subjected to any verbal or non-verbal acts of aggression including threats, insults, intimidations, humiliation, and harassment. Verbal and emotional nursing home abuse may lead to serious psychological distress.
  3. Sexual abuse is one of the most violent and horrific types of nursing home abuse and involves any non-consensual sex act with a nursing home resident including sexual assault and battery, forced nudity, and rape.
  4. Financial exploitation occurs when a nursing home fraudulently exploits a resident's finances, assets, or property without their knowledge.

Nursing home abuse and your legal rights

When we admit our loved ones into nursing homes, we believe they will be treated with the highest quality standard of care. Unfortunately, as the number of residents in long-term care facilities rises in the United States, so does the risk of nursing home abuse. Federal and state lawmakers have implemented new laws designed to protect the rights of nursing home residents and allow them to seek compensation for their losses.

At Matt Chapel Law Offices, we can help you file a lawsuit and protect your rights and interests. But you need to act promptly as personal injury lawsuits are subject to a statute of limitations that limits the time you have to file a lawsuit.

Get your case the attention it deserves and call (260) 387-6236 or (419) 584-1004 today to set up your FREE consultation with Matt Chapel directly.