Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, one in ten elderly persons is affected by elder abuse or neglect, and 41 out of 1,000 of elderly people are victims of financial exploitation. These rates are most likely higher because sadly a lot of elder abuse and neglect goes unreported. Elder abuse happens to people from all ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses. If you or your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse and/or neglect, and you need a legal professional to help you get compensation, we are here to help. Call us at 304-431-4050, or contact us online for representation by compassionate attorneys who will take your case personally and fight to get you the maximum compensation possible.
Common Types of Elder Abuse
- Physical Abuse— causing physical pain or injury. Threats of pain and injury are also included. This category also includes intentionally depriving a vulnerable elderly person of a basic need for living such as food or water.
- Emotional Abuse—Verbal or nonverbal actions that cause emotional pain or anguish.
- Sexual Abuse—forcibly engaging in any kind of sexual contact or being forced to witness sexual acts.
- Exploitation—theft, concealment, or unauthorized/improper use of money or other property of an elderly person.
- Neglect—Failure to provide the basic needs of a person such as food, shelter, cleanliness, or medical care.
An elderly person may experience one or many forms of abuse at the hands of their abuser.
Signs Your Loved one is Suffering Abuse
Many elderly persons suffer abuse in silence because they are unable or too afraid to tell anyone about it. It is important to know the signs that someone is going through abuse. Pay close attention to any changes; if you notice a change in personality or the body’s physical condition, take notice and find out what is behind the changes. Your loved one may be suffering from abuse. Some common signs to look for include:
- Physical injuries to the body: marks, cuts, scrapes, pressure wounds, and broken bones
- Bruises around the breasts or genital area could indicate sexual abuse
- Bedsores, a lack of good hygiene, untreated medical conditions, and sudden unexplained weight loss.
- Unexplained depression, a lack of interest in normal activities or hobbies, becoming less alert or having a sudden loss of energy.
- Unexplained loss of money or change in financial status
- Frequent arguments between the elderly person and their caregiver
- Frequent falls
- Foley tube trauma
You can find out more about elder abuse and neglect at the National center on elder abuse- administration on aging web page.
Report Elderly Abuse and Neglect
If you think you or your loved one is suffering or has suffered from abuse or neglect, it is important that you report it. You can report suspected abuse and neglect by contacting the West Virginia Bureau for Children and Families Adult Protective Services, or call the West Virginia 24 Hour State wide Elder Neglect & Abuse Hotline at 1-800-352-6513. You can also contact the West Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman (in charge of overseeing nursing home abuse and neglect) at 1-877-987-4463.
Experienced Attorneys Who Fight to Protect the Elderly From Abuse and Neglect. Contact us Today for your Free Consultation
If you or your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, we can help you by being your voice in court. We have experience handling cases involving nursing home abuse and neglect. If you are in the Southern West Virginia area and in need of advice and representation, contact us today. Our attorneys will work to get you the compensation that you and your family need and deserve. We have two offices in Princeton and Bluefield, West Virginia, and if you cannot travel to our offices, we will come to you. We serve southern West Virginia throughout Kanawha County and the areas south of Princeton, including Mercer, McDowell, Wyoming, Summers, and Raleigh counties.