BRE Law: Protecting the Elderly

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With more than 1.4 million nursing home residents, nursing home abuse is a serious concern throughout the country. If you have a family or loved one residing in an assisted living facility or nursing home, you rightfully expect that they will be properly cared for and treated with dignity and respect. But despite that expectation, some of society’s most vulnerable – such as the elderly – are victimized by negligence and abuse in short-term and long-term care facilities.  The experienced personal injury lawyers at Bolen Robinson & Ellis understand how traumatic elder abuse can be, and our personal injury attorneys  are committed to ensuring that those injured, and the families of those harmed, in nursing facilities obtain the results they deserve.

About Nursing Home Abuse

Elder abuse is far too common. Common types of abuse include:

  • Financial – Financial exploitation of an elder often involves misappropriation of financial resources, or the use of financial means to control the elder.
  • Physical – This form of elder abuse includes hitting, burning, pushing, restraining, and confining a nursing home patient. In addition, providing improper medication or withholding treatment and medication is grouped into this category.
  • Psychological – This is a broad type of abuse, encompassing humiliation, yelling, name-calling, ridiculing, constant criticism, and blaming. Non-verbal forms of psychological abuse also exist, including silence, shunning, and withdrawing affection.
  • Neglect – Elder neglect can be intentional or happen due to lack of knowledge or resources. Often, neglect in nursing homes involves depriving an elder of proper medical treatment, food, heat, clothing, or essential medication. Elder neglect may also involve leaving at at-risk elder unattended.

It is important for family members of nursing home residents to be on the lookout for signs of potential negligence or abuse. If you have a family member in a nursing facility, common signs of trouble include:

  • Rapid or significant weight loss
  • Development of bedsores
  • Unusual depression or lack of interests in activities previously enjoyed
  • Caretakers unable to provide sufficient and satisfactory explanations for a patient’s condition
  • Unexplained bruises or other injures
  • Sudden agitation or emotional withdraw
  • Unexplained expenditures

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Victims of nursing home abuse often suffer the burden of large expenses, including hospital bills, medical treatment and medication, childcare, loss of personal time with loved ones, missed time from work, and even death. A successful personal injury claim can reimburse victims for those expenses.

Bolen Robinson & Ellis is committed to ensuring that victims of nursing home abuse obtain the results that they deserve. If you or a family member has been the victim of abuse in an assisted living facility or nursing home, please contact one of our experienced personal injury lawyers.

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