It’s a devastating moment when you find out that a loved one you placed in the care of a medical facility has been hurt or killed as a result of neglect or abuse. There is no way to make that situation better other than to hold those responsible liable for their actions.
In nursing homes, the reality is that many patients rely on the care that they receive. Some may struggle with memory loss or physical issues that make it impossible to care for themselves or even to recognize that the care or treatment they’re receiving isn’t appropriate. It’s up to the loved ones of those in nursing homes to step in and make sure that they are cared for.
Did you know that there are seven kinds of nursing home abuse?
There are seven categories of nursing home abuse. These include:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Psychological or emotional abuse
- Financial abuse
Each of these kinds of abuse can have different impacts on an elder. While some may not lead to physical injuries, the abuse or neglect could still have emotional or psychological effects that last the rest of that person’s life.
What should you do if your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home?
Depending on the circumstances of the injury, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit on their behalf. You may also be in a position to file a medical malpractice case, so this is something that you will want to discuss carefully with your attorney as you decide which path to pursue. Our website has more on nursing home abuse and other personal injuries, so you can learn more about what to do if your loved one is hurt.