Nursing Home Abuse
Your Colorado Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse not only exists in the State of Colorado, but it is also a growing problem across the United States. According to the Nursing Home Abuse Guide, more than two million cases of elder abuse are reported every single year. Further, it has also been revealed that one out of every ten elderly individuals will experience some form of abuse.
Regardless of the nature – verbal, physical, or sexual – at Harlan Law, we do not tolerate nursing home abuse. If someone you know has suffered this type of abuse or neglect, you may need a Colorado nursing home attorney on your side to help move forward. No one deserves to be abused, and it is important to ensure the elderly are being taken care of properly.
You can learn more about nursing home abuse in Colorado, including the specific types, by reading further. Or, if you are ready to speak to an attorney, contact Harlan Law today – day or night – by calling 970-462-9599. For your convenience, we offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. Let us be on your side during this difficult time.
In this article, you will find helpful information on the following topics:
- Nursing Home Abuse – What Is It?
- Common Types of Nursing Home Abuse
- Common Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
- Nursing Home Abuse Responsibility
- Contact a Colorado Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
- About Harlan Law
Nursing Home Abuse – What Is It?
Though it is a hard fact to come to terms with, nursing home abuse is a common epidemic that currently plagues the United States. We trust employees and facilities to properly care for our elderly and vulnerable loved ones. But what happens when that trust is broken?
When an elderly resident of a facility suffers harm or trauma due to either intentional acts of their caregivers or neglect, nursing home abuse has taken place. This abuse can come in variety of forms, including verbal, physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual.
Common Types of Nursing Home Abuse
As stated above, nursing home abuse is never acceptable – no matter what type may have occurred. Listed below, you will find the most common types of nursing home abuse, and the consequences that may follow.
Physical abuse can refer to any type of harm caused when a staff member, visitor, or other resident physically attacks a member of the facility. Specific examples of physical abuse may include battery, overmedicating, force-feeding, and unnecessary restraining.
Emotional abuse can include any type of abuse that centers around verbal threats or mental harms. Specific types of emotional abuse may be isolation, manipulation, or insults. Emotional abuse can also occur when a resident is deceitfully influenced by a staff member, visitor, or other resident. When emotional abuse does take place, a resident may experience withdraw, mood swings, depression, confusion, and anxiety.
When a resident is tricked or forced into unwanted sexual contact with a staff member, visitor, or other resident, then they have been sexually abused. Further, if a resident is too weak or ill to give proper consent, sexual abuse has occurred.
If a resident’s money, property, or assets are stolen, then they have experienced financial abuse. Financial abuse can come in a myriad of forms, from forcing a signature to taking advantage of power of attorney for personal gain, to cashing checks without permission and confusing a resident into signing a new will.
Neglect is one of the most common types of nursing home abuse, and generally takes place when a resident is not properly taken care of by a resident. Forms of neglect range from failure to help with personal hygiene to failure to provide food, to failure to provide adequate medication to failure to acknowledge safety hazards.
Common Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
If you are currently worried your loved one may be experiencing nursing home abuse, it will be important to look for warning signs. While signs may not always be visible – or particularly indicate abuse – there are certain signs that should be watch for closely, such as:
- Emotional Withdrawal
- Physical Discomfort
- Financial Difficulties
- Changes in Will
Nursing Home Abuse Responsibility
Now that you are more familiar with the different types of nursing home abuse, as well as the various signs to look for, it is beneficial to learn who could possibly be held responsible for the abuse.
More times than not, the nursing home in which the resident lives may be held liable for the abuse that is or has taken place. For example, understaffing, which can lead to neglect, inadequate background checks, and improper or incomplete training all fall back onto the nursing home. The nursing home is responsible for not only having enough staff, but having enough of the right staff.
When a third party (i.e. staff member, visit, or other resident) causes harm or abuse, the nursing home can still be held responsible. All nursing homes have a duty to provide a safe environment for all residents. Yet, if a resident happens to be harmed due to a medication error, either the physician, pharmacy, or pharmacist may be held accountable.
It can be a difficult task proving that nursing home abuse has taken place. The process can be complex, time consuming, and expensive. Therefore, it can be beneficial having a Colorado nursing home abuse attorney on your side.
Contact a Colorado Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
No one should be abused or neglected, especially those who have put their trust into the hand’s of a nursing home or similar facility. Unfortunately, this abuse does take place every single day, but not everyone has the strength to stand up and defend themselves.
At Harlan Law, we want to help defend those who cannot properly defend themselves. If you suspect that a loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse, contact our firm today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation by calling 970-462-9599. You do not have to be alone during this difficult time.
About Harlan Law
When it comes to choosing a law firm, you have many choices, and finding the perfect match for you and your needs can often feel overwhelming. However, at Harlan Law, we stand out from those other firms due to the fact that we tailor our services to fit the goals of each and every client.
If you are searching for a Colorado nursing home abuse attorney that you can trust, you have come to the right place. Contact Harlan Law today!