Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in Indianapolis, Indiana
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Warning Signs of Elder Abuse
Unfortunately, a lot can go on behind closed doors, and elder abuse is an increasingly common occurrence. As many as 5,000,000 elders are abused each year, and most likely, only an estimated one in 14 cases is reported. It is important for family members of nursing home residents to be on the lookout for signs of neglect or abuse. Abuse can take many forms, but includes the following warning signs:
- Neglect: Malnourishment, bedsores, poor hygiene, lack of basic necessities like water and food or medical aides
- Frequent injuries: Common trips to the emergency room, unexplained or poorly treated injuries, unexplained bruises, bone breaks, burns, cuts and sores
- Signs of sexual abuse: This includes bruising or blood surrounding the genitals, thighs, or breasts, and unexplained sexually transmitted infection
- Sexual Assault & Harassment: Claims for sexual battery which happen at a medical facility, nursing home, motel/hotel/temporary rental housing, apartment, summer camp facility, camp, or any other business. We also cover employee claims for sexual harassment.
- Psychological signs: Depressive or withdrawn behavior, signs of fear, anxiety, agitation, disorientation and confusion, wild stories about how an injury occurred
- Financial abuse or exploitation: Withholding of medical care, a lack of amenities the patient can clearly afford or excessive gifts given to caretakers
The Nursing Home Bill of Rights for Residents
- The right to be free from abuse
- The right to be free from physical or chemical restraints
- The right to ownership of personal property
- The right to personal services and accommodations
- The right to share a room with a spouse or the roommate of one’s choice
- The right to make choices about daily life
- The right to access personal medical records
- The right to access information about the outside world
- The right to a safe environment
We want your family member’s life in a nursing home or assisted living facility to be a positive experience, well within the rights established in the Nursing Home Resident Bill of Rights. We know that placing your loved one in the care of another is a difficult decision to make, and we want to help ensure that they are receiving the care and attention they would be getting from a family caretaker.