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How to Report Nursing Home Abuse

Choosing to place a loved one in a nursing home to receive care and protection is already difficult. If they were abused there, it may be devastating. Nursing home abuse can be difficult to notice without the right tools, which means some abuse goes unreported. It may not be easily noticed because some patients go for long periods without seeing their loved ones.

Some elders also suffer from memory problems and others cannot communicate effectively. But nursing home abuse should never be tolerated. When you spot signs of nursing home abuse, you may need to act as soon as possible to take action and protect someone in a vulnerable position. 

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse to Look For

When you visit your loved one in a nursing home, it’s important to be sure they are not being abused. Though it might be challenging to know if they’ve been abused, there are signs to look for. These signs may include the following, among others:

It’s easy to miss these signs or brush them off as accidents. Many elderly people suffer serious falls, for example. But if you suspect something more serious is going on, reach out for help. 

How to Report Nursing Home Abuse

When you have evidence of nursing home abuse, you need to report it as soon as possible. Taking the right steps now can protect your loved one’s health. But what do you need to do? 

Take the following steps to help your loved one recover from the suffering they’ve experienced. These steps can make all the difference in their health. 

Contact the Local Authorities

The easiest way to report nursing home abuse is to contact the local police. Calling the police notifies an authority right away, which can help you file a report and get your loved one out of that situation completely. 

The police can also investigate the nursing home for criminal behavior and abuse. Their findings can help others, and they can help your claim succeed. 

Seek Medical Care 

It is important to report nursing home abuse cases to doctors because they can tell whether the injuries are a result of abuse or an accident. Your loved one may be unable to communicate, or they may be confused or frightened of the staff. Seeking medical care can help you get clearer answers now. 

Identify Advocates for Your Claim

Another way to report elder abuse is through the National Center on Elder Abuse. The National Center on Elder abuse was created to provide resources for seniors who have suffered abuse.

The organization also publishes information on elder abuse and how to identify it. If you have any questions or doubts about the signs of abuse you’re seeing, this organization can help you take action, alongside your lawyer. 

Get In Touch With a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

When your loved one has been abused in a nursing home, it is within your right to seek the services of a qualified attorney. When you call Wilt and Associates, PLLC, we will take action and start collecting evidence for your case. Our goal is to ensure that your loved one is compensated for the pain and humiliation they have gone through.

When you’re ready to seek help, reach out for a free consultation. You can reach out to us by calling 502-253-9110 or filling out the online contact form below. 

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