Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Washington DC
A Nursing home abuse lawyer Washington DC community members depend on from Brown Kiely, LLP knows that placing a cherished relative into a nursing home facility can be stressful. You may be worried about your family member’s wellbeing and hope that the staff are kind and professional people. Sadly, there are too many instances where innocent seniors are abused by doctors or care staff at a nursing home. As a family member, you may want to know what signs to look out for and what to do if you observe red flags that abuse may be happening.
If you need immediate assistance regarding an elder being in an abusive situation, call us right now for legal intervention. We can take action to protect your loved one.
What Abuse and Neglect May Look Like
Around two million people in the U.S. live in a long-term care facility, where neglect and abuse against seniors are real concerns. A resident has the right to not endure verbal, physical, sexual, or mental abuse. They also have the right to be safeguarded from involuntary seclusion and corporal punishment. A nursing home lawyer Washington, DC residents turn to understands that it can be difficult to identify abuse and/or neglect. However, with a trained eye and talking with your loved one, you may realize that one or more of the following types of abuse or neglect is happening to them:
- Assault and Battery (slapping, kicking, pushing, shaking, beating, threatening, emotional abuse)
- Lack of Care (including not providing care for a medical condition)
- Prolonged Food or Water Deprivation
- Rape or Sexual Assault
- Extreme Physical Restraint (that is unreasonable and excessive)
- Use of Chemical Restraint (adminstering medication to make the resident more docile and agreeable)
Specific signs and symptoms that something may not be right with your senior loved one’s care include:
- Bed injuries
- Rapid weight loss
- Bed sores
- Emotional outbursts
- Suddenly non-communicative
- Unsanitary conditions
- Wanting to be isolated
- Accident incidents or injuries that have no explanation
- Refusal to be tended to by a certain staff member or doctor
- Heavy use of medication or sedatives
Talking with Your Loved One
If you are worried about nursing home abuse or neglect, consider speaking with our family member about the conditions they are living in. Depending on the type of mistreatment they are experiencing, they may be forthcoming or claim that everything is just fine. Tragically, sometimes residents become so fearful of worsened treatment that they don’t express what is going on to their family members. You may need insight from a member of our legal team to investigate further and find out what they may not share with you.
Call Brown Kiely, LLP Today
We understand how emotional it is to suspect that someone you deeply care for is being abused or neglected. We can use legal strategies to intervene safely, protect them from further harm, relocate to another location, and seek compensation from the offenders. Call Brown Kiely, LLP today to speak with a Washington, DC Nursing home abuse lawyer about your options.