Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Grand Prairie
Nursing home abuse can take many forms, none of which are any more acceptable than another. If you believe that someone you love is being abused, talk to a nursing home abuse lawyer in Grand Prairie today.
Victims of nursing home abuse and neglect are significantly more likely to die prematurely and unexpectedly than nursing home residents who receive adequate care. Don’t let this happen to your loved one. Take action at the first sign of abuse or neglect.
Different Types of Nursing Home Abuse
The main categories of nursing home abuse are physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Every year, millions of American families suffer the shock and trauma of discovering that someone they love has been the victim of nursing home abuse. One of the best ways to protect your loved one is to recognize the signs of abuse and take action quickly. Be mindful of the following:
Signs your loved one may be experiencing general neglect include:
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Unclean bedding or living area
- Unacceptable personal hygiene
Signs of emotional abuse are:
- Fearful or withdrawn behavior
- Unusual and frequent bouts of crying
- Unwillingness to talk about or in the presence of a specific caregiver
Signs of physical abuse may include:
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, or broken bones
- Frequent “falls”
Signs of sexual abuse are:
- Blood on bedding or undergarments
- Bruising on genitals, thighs or breasts
- Infection with venereal disease
Financial abuse is one of the most common types of abuse in nursing homes. Watch out for:
- Suspicious transfers or withdrawals of funds
- Fraudulent checks or forged signatures
- Disappearance of cash, valuables, or other assets
- Unpaid bills
- New and unusual spending patterns
If you have observed one or more of the above events, you have more than sufficient reason to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer in Grand Prairie.
Contact a Skilled Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Grand Prairie
If you suspect nursing home abuse, contact Brown, Christie & Green. Our skilled and experienced lawyers will be able to help you determine whether your loved one’s experience constitutes an actionable claim. If so, you may be able to take action against the nursing home and/or the individual(s) responsible.
Find out more about your options for protecting your loved one by calling 1-800-600-4210. Or, you can reach out to us online via our website contact form.
- Free consultation with a skilled lawyer
- Access to resources to help protect your loved one
- Compassionate legal guidance
- We charge you nothing unless we win
- Strong advocacy for your rights
The nursing home abuse lawyers at Brown, Christie & Green know how important it is to protect your loved one and hold those responsible for abuse accountable.
Who are the Likely Perpetrators of Elder Abuse?
Not all perpetrators of elder abuse are alike, but there are certain characteristics that most abusers have in common. According to a study that compared perpetrators who have been criminally prosecuted for abusing women over the age of 50 in Rhode Island:
- About half the suspects have prior criminal history
- About 25% had a prior court case for domestic violence
- About 20% had a prior record for a criminal event related to drugs or alcohol
- 14% had a prior non-domestic case against a person
- 16% had been previously sentenced to prison on another charge
A similar study conducted via telephone survey of elderly adults across the country found:
- 57% of perpetrators of physical abuse were spouses or partners
- Half of the perpetrators were under the influence of drugs or alcohol as they committed the abuse
- 30% of perpetrators had a history of mental illness
- One-third of perpetrators were unemployed
- 40% of the perpetrators were socially isolated
What Does this Mean for Nursing Home Abuse?
Individuals who abuse the elderly in an institutional setting are clearly not the majority in the subset of people who stoop to elder abuse. One reason for this is the existence of strict regulations for background checks and certifications for workers who have access to the elderly in nursing homes.
Facilities are responsible for the actions of their workers, and it is in their best interest to thoroughly vet every new employee. Failure to do so leaves them open to liability for the harm that the unqualified worker may cause.
Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Grand Prairie
If someone has hurt or neglected your loved one in a nursing home, they don’t have to match any description to be found responsible for their conduct. Call Brown, Christie, & Green today for a free consultation of your concerns 1-800-600-4210. You can also email us through our online form.