What Qualifies as Nursing Home Abuse?

There are a variety of different types of behavior that may qualify as nursing home abuse. Physical abuse is one of the most common types of nursing home abuse, which can involve kicking, hitting, forcibly restraining, confining, biting, overmedicating, or otherwise causing physical harm or injury to a nursing home resident. However, nursing home abuse may be emotional in nature, as well. Intimidation, threats, bullying, and generally verbally abusive behaviors also can qualify as abuse in their own right, especially when the victim is particularly vulnerable, such as a nursing home resident. Likewise, abuse can be sexual, physically exploitative, or financial in nature. For example, a staff member who bullies or threatens a nursing home resident into giving him or her money or other valuables is likely to guilty of financial exploitation.

Furthermore, there are many different potential perpetrators of nursing home abuse. While most people assume that nursing home abuse is caused by nursing home staff members, abuse also may be attributable to other residents who have become physically violent or verbally abusive to their fellow residents.

No matter what the situation may be, if you have a loved one in a nursing home, you always should keep a lookout for suspicious behaviors or other telltale signs of abuse. In terms of physical abuse, these signs may include unexplained bruising, welts, or scarring, sprains or strains, broken bones, overmedication, and a refusal of a caregiver to allow you to see your loved one alone. On the other hand, signs of financial abuse might include the loss or disappearance of money or other assets, abrupt changes in wills and other legal documents, and multiple bills for the same type of medical service.

The Wisconsin elder abuse lawyers of Boller & Vaughan have handled countless claims on behalf of nursing home residents who have suffered serious injuries and even death due to the abusive behavior of nursing home staff, as well as the failure of staff members to prevent abuse perpetrated by other residents. When a serious injury or any type of abuse to a loved one occurs, we know just how devastating it can be, and how you powerless you are likely to feel. Allow your loved one and family to begin the healing process from this traumatic event by holding the wrongdoers responsible for your loved one’s injuries. Contact our office today and set up a free consultation with one of our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys.


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