Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing Home Abuse

About Elder Abuse & Mistreatment

Thousands of Americans place their elderly family members in nursing homes or have in-home care provided by professionals to care for their loved ones when they can no longer take care of themselves. We all expect that these homes or professionals will take the utmost care of our loved ones, providing them with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Elder abuse occurs with increasing frequency, especially as more and more of our population ages.

This abuse can take many forms including neglect, overmedication, bed sores, malnutrition, dehydration, actual physical injuries and even death. When you find a loved one may have been abused, a lawyer from Knowles Law Firm, PLC can assist you in protecting the rights of your family. Ensure you do not delay in taking action; the well-being of your elderly family member could be at risk.

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Forms of Abuse & Neglect

Reasons for elder abuse are many, but often are caused by reasons that could easily be avoided. Lack of staffing, improper medical or nutritional services, or just cost cutting can all lead to hardships on our elderly. Some forms of elder abuse can occur in different locations, depending on where your family member is being cared for. These can include:

  • Abuse By Caregivers
    If you have your loved one being provided in-home care, it can occur that you have someone taking care of your family member that is unlicensed, untrained or unqualified to do so. This can lead to inadequate feeding, injuries caused by moving the elderly person improperly or even actual physical or mental abuse due to lack of the proper temperament from the care giver for this type of duty.
  • Nursing Home Abuse
    Nursing homes can be understaffed or hire inexperienced caregivers. This can lead to improper medication being supplied, neglect, inadequate feeding, improper hygiene and actual physical and mental abuse caused by personnel who have no business as caregivers.
  • Hospital Elder Neglect
    As with nursing homes, when your elder is in a hospital they can receive inadequate care due to lack of staffing. Many times in a busy hospital setting the elderly are neglected due to other more pressing patients who require more attention. The elderly can be uncared for, with not enough attention paid to their daily needs, such as hygiene, adequate nutrition if they can't feed themselves, incorrect or too much medication, or not enough medication. Bed sores can develop in those that are not properly handled, leading to dangerous infections.
  • Elder Financial Abuse and Fraud
    In addition to physical harm, there is the abuse of the elderly when unscrupulous people try to take advantage of their confusion or weakness to deceive them financially. These actions can take place over the internet through money scams or in person. Sometimes certain family members can attempt to defraud the elderly of their money trying to get them labeled as incompetent or senile.

Discuss Your Case with a Compassionate Lawyer

The elderly have the right to live their remaining life in peace, with dignity and respect. Don't let anyone take advantage of your loved one. If you suspect your elderly relative has been abused, consult with the Knowles Law Firm, PLC to determine what you and your family's right are. Their legal team strongly believes in fair treatment for all seniors and will work with your family to get compensation for any injury, pain or suffering your loved one has been put through. They have successfully assisted numerous clients and are committed to doing the same for you.

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