Nursing home abuse is one of the worst crimes that anyone can be subjected to. Living in a nursing home was meant to ease the hardship and difficulties experienced by your elderly loved one. You put them in the care of people you thought you could trust, of professionals who, on paper, had the knowledge, skill, and experience to do the job. It turns out this is not the case; that the people you care most about in life are the victims of systematic abuse.
Those At Risk
Abusers who prey on the elderly take advantage of certain vulnerabilities that are part of being old. Those who are at the highest risk of being abused are elderly persons who lack social support or interest from family and friends. Patients suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia are in danger because of their inability to recall events and communicate clearly. Low income patients and those who have a history of poor health are also at high risk; and women are especially vulnerable to the worst forms and excesses of abuse.
It is important to keep these facts in mind. If you believe something is not right, if you suspect that your elderly loved one is not being properly looked after, you should take decisive action.
When To Hire A Lawyer
It may be the most difficult conversation you ever have with your parents or grandparents, but it is nevertheless necessary. You must ask direct questions about what is going on. To be sure, they may still not be forthcoming. But if they have said enough to unsettle you then you should bring in an attorney.
Lawyers who specialize in nursing home abuse cases have the experience and insight necessary to get to the truth. The lawyers you will find at Cogburn Law Office will be able to ask questions of your elderly loved one in a way that will help confirm your suspicions. You will then be in a position to file suit.
Proving Your Case
Not all nursing home abuse involves physical assault. Your loved one may the victim of physical cruelty and torment. They may also be the victims of psychological, sexual, or financial abuse. The latter is the most common form of elderly abuse. While in a nursing home elderly people are subject to being pressured by family members to sign over retirement checks and other financial documents. They may also be subject to the intrigues of third-party scammers. It is not unheard of for nursing home staff to coax personal information out of their patients and trick them into joining rip-off schemes.
A nursing home lawyer has the experience and specialized knowledge necessary to gather the relevant facts of the case and to build-up strong legal arguments in support of your complaint. If enough evidence is gathered against them, the nursing home will most likely want to settle. In this case, you want to ensure that the money they offer is commensurate with the amount of pain, suffering, and humiliation that your loved one has had to ensure.