There are many types of nursing home abuse. These include physical, financial, emotional and sexual.
Withholding basic needs, such as food, water, medication or proper hygiene, is one of the more common forms of physical abuse. This can lead to serious medical problems: malnutrition, dehydration, bedsores, even death. Another common problem at nursing homes is inadequate safety measures that can cause slip and fall injuries. Unsafe conditions include:
- Wet or cluttered floors
- Lack of bedrails
- Lack of assistive rails in restrooms and/or hallways
- Inadequate supervision and/or a poorly trained staff
- Poorly maintained wheelchairs
- Over-medication, under-medication, or inappropriate medication
- Unsecured windows and doors
Tragically, physical assault by both nursing home staff and other residents is not at all uncommon in nursing homes, resulting head injuries, lacerations, broken bones, or worse. Many injuries are not obvious. They can be hidden by clothing, or difficult to find if the victim is bedridden. Nursing home staff have been known to explain injuries away by saying they resulted from an accident, which of course, they deny responsibility for.
When a person takes the money or property of a nursing home resident without consent and/or the intent to defraud the resident, it is considered financial abuse. In some cases, the lack of consent is the result of the resident’s incapacity, but it is also possible that the resident is being threatened, manipulated, or deceived. Examples of nursing home financial abuse include cashing checks without the victim’s authorization, forging of a signature, outright theft of money or belongings, and fraudulently convincing the victim to sign a will, contract or other document.
While emotional abuse may not result in physical injury, in many ways it is one of the cruelest and most psychologically damaging forms of nursing home abuse. Cursing at, insulting and criticizing a resident, as well as the use of humiliation, insults and threats, are all considered forms of emotional abuse.
Nursing home residents are particularly vulnerable to sexual predators. Sadly, they make relatively easy targets from sexual abuse at the hands of other residents, visitors and even staff. Sexual abuse can be defined as inappropriate touching or any unwanted sexual activity. Examples include sexual harassment, unwanted kissing and/or touching, making a resident look at pornography, and of course touching the victim’s genitals and/or raping the victim.
Our Attorneys are Dedicated To Helping Victims Of Nursing Home Abuse in Oklahoma
In 2007, more than 90 percent of nursing homes were cited for federal health and safety violations, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Statistics for actual instances of abuse are harder to come by, for several reasons. Victims often fear that if they tell anyone, even a loved one, the situation will get even worse. Or, in some cases, the victims are unable to make a complaint. Not surprisingly, nursing homes are reluctant to reveal their records. In addition, symptoms of abuse may not be easy to detect unless you know what you’re looking for.
At Hasbrook & Hasbrook, our Oklahoma Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers are dedicated to protecting seniors from abuse, helping them get compensation for physical and/or emotional injuries, and holding all responsible parties accountable. Nursing homes must provide an adequate level of care. It is set forth by federal and state guidelines, and residents of nursing homes have the right to expect it.
If you have been victimized by nursing home abuse, or think that someone you care about has been abused, please contact us as soon as possible. Our Oklahoma Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers can help you put an end to the abuse and get compensation for injuries resulting from it.
If you or a loved one has been subjected to abuse of any kind, contact Hasbrook and Hasbrook, our Oklahoma nursing home abuse attorneys, immediately. We can put an end to the abuse and obtain compensation for physical injuries, as well as for pain and suffering. Call today!