Physical abuse in nursing homes takes many forms. Choosing an attorney experienced in this area of law can ensure guilty parties are held fully responsible for their actions. If your loved one has been physically abused in a long-term care facility, we encourage you to speak with a nursing home physical abuse lawyer from our Daytona, FL, law firm. At Chanfrau & Chanfrau, we are large enough to help, yet small enough to provide you and your family with personal service. Rest assured, we can provide the legal counsel you need to make informed decisions regarding your rights. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today.
Understanding What Constitutes Physical Abuse
The National Center on Elderly Abuse, one of the pre-eminent authorities in the United States on this area of study, defines physical abuse as “Inflicting, or threatening to inflict, physical pain or injury on a vulnerable elder, or depriving them of a basic need.” Any type of bodily harm may be considered physical abuse. It is also important to note that physical abuse does not have to be malicious or willful in intent. In some cases, physical abuse may result from basic neglect or abandonment. Regardless of the motive, all that concerns us is whether or not abuse took place.
Examples of physical abuse include inappropriate usage or administration of drugs (including prescription drugs), and unauthorized use of physical restraints. Other common examples of physical abuse in nursing homes and long-term care facilities include:
- Striking (with or without an object)
- Pushing or shoving
- Pinching or squeezing
- Physical punishment or disciplinary measures
Remember, not all types of physical abuse involve intentional violence against the victim. Understanding this fact can give you a better idea of what is and is not abuse. If you suspect that your loved one has been physically abused or neglected, we urge you to take action. Your family member has legal rights, and our team of attorneys will work vigorously to ensure that those rights and interests are protected.
Signs of Physical Abuse
Unlike emotional abuse, which results in little to no outward symptoms, the signs of physical abuse are often immediately evident. This can make it easier to identify abuse as soon as possible so that such violence and neglect can be put to an end. Of course, if your loved one has indicated to you that he or she is being physically abused, you should take immediate action, and contact local law enforcement officials to report a potential crime. If you simply suspect that abuse is occurring, look for:
- Pressure marks
- Broken bones
Any of these symptoms may indicate physical abuse. Bruises and lacerations often result from striking injuries, for example, and pressure marks or abrasions can result from restraints. If you see any of these signs, don't write it off as being the result of an accident. When it comes to protecting your loved ones, you can't be too cautious.
Speak with an Attorney Today
Physical abuse is a crime. If your loved one is being abused by a caregiver or fellow resident, our team of attorneys can make sure the parties responsible are held liable for their actions. By filing a civil claim, we can help your family recover just and fair financial compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, medical expenses, and more. Take action today and contact our law firm.