Nursing home environments are meant to be a safe haven for those who are unable to care for themselves. But, when these environments become places of abuse, the victim of abuse and their family members can hold the abuser and those who facilitated the abuse accountable in civil court.
Continue reading to learn more about what constitutes nursing home abuse, how you’ll know whether you should sue, and who could be brought to justice for the abuse that your loved one endured.
What Constitutes Nursing Home Abuse
The trouble with recognizing nursing home abuse is that it can take many different forms. Some of the most common types of nursing home abuse include:
- Physical abuse
- Financial abuse
- Emotional and verbal abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Psychological abuse
As you can imagine, it may be difficult to tell whether your loved one is experiencing any of these types of abuse. But, if you notice any of the following actions, behaviors, or occurrences in your relative’s life, it would be reasonable to suspect that your loved one could be suffering from nursing home abuse:
- Social isolation
- Becoming withdrawn
- Being afraid of their caregiver
- Unexplained bruising, burns, or welts
- Being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI)
- Mood swings
- Missing money or unexplained transactions
- Weight loss or gain
Liability in Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits
There are several parties who could be found liable for the abuse your family member has endured. You will certainly want to make sure that the abuser themselves are held accountable both criminally and in civil court, but anyone else who facilitated the abuse or should have been able to reasonably prevent it from happening can also be partially to blame.
Your lawyer’s investigation into the abuse will be able to determine who should be named as liable parties in your civil claim.
Reach out to a Kentucky Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
If you are interested in learning more about how a qualified Kentucky nursing home abuse lawyer at Wilt & Associates, PLLC, could help you with your lawsuit, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at our office. You can do so by visiting our website to complete our online contact form or giving our office a call at 502-253-9110.