Have You Or Someone You Love Been Hurt Due Nursing Home Neglect And Abuse? Don't Worry, Call Murray!
Murray Law Offices is here to help families whose trust in nursing homes has been betrayed. Health care organizations have a responsibility to protect the welfare of patients and residents. We would like to think that the people with whom we entrust their care will provide the same standard of care we gave, but, sadly, that is often not the case. In fact, nursing home abuse and neglect is becoming an epidemic in the United States. The National Center of Elder Abuse reported there are more than 3.2 million Americans residing in nursing homes as of 2008 and nearly 1 in 3 U.S. nursing homes were cited for violations of federal standards that had potential to cause harm or that had caused actual harm to a resident during the two years 1999-2001.
Do act upon any signs of neglect and abuse today! Below you will find examples of neglect and abuse. Call Murray Law Offices today and speak directly with attorney Heather Moore Sarvis; he will be your number one resource.
Types of Abuse and Neglect
Abuse is defined as physical, emotional or sexual injury and financial exploitation. Neglect is defined as the refusal or failure to provide a person with the necessities of life including, but not limited to, food, shelter, clothing and the provision of medical care. While physical abuse is the most prevalent type of abuse, patients are also suffering emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.
Some Of The More Common Signs Of Physical Abuse Are:
- Unexplained bruises and cuts;
- Torn or bloody clothing;
- Broken bones; and
Emotional Abuse Can Include:
- Intimidation through yelling and threats;
- Ignoring the patient;
- Isolating the patient from other residents and/or activities;
- Terrorizing the patient; and
- Mocking the patient.
If You Or You Loved One Has Been Neglected, You May Notice:
- Medications not being administered or administered improperly;
- Soiled clothing or bed linens;
- Unsanitary living conditions; and
If You Or Your Loved One Has Been Abused In A Sexual Nature, He Or She May Suffer From Or Show:
- Bleeding around the genital or anal area;
- Venereal disease;
- Bloody undergarments; and
- Bruises around the breast/genital region.
Financial Exploitation Is Actually The Most Common Form Of Non-Physical Abuse. A Dishonest Caregiver May:
- Steal the patient's identity;
- Steal money, steal checks, or steal belongings;
- Misuse the elder's checks, accounts, or credit cards;
- Forge signatures; and
- Authorize withdrawals or transfer of monies.
For a through description of abuse and neglect visit: http://www.mass.edu/mcncps/orientation/m1Abuse.asp
If you or your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect at the hands of their caretaker, you may have a valid legal claim. Please contact Murray Law Offices to schedule your free and confidential initial consultation. Don't Worry, Call Murray!