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Signs Of Nursing Home Abuse

Standing up for injured residents

Under West Virginia law, nursing home residents have the right to be free from abuse. When that right is violated, residents and their families can take legal action. They can stop the mistreatment. They can prevent others from facing similar harm. The nursing home abuse attorneys at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC can help them recover just compensation for the damages they have suffered.

Physical abuse

The West Virginia Long-Term Ombudsman Program (Ombudsman) defines physical abuse as any act that harms or threatens to harm a nursing home resident. The abuse can lead to physical pain, injury or death. An example is a nursing home staff member hitting or slapping an elderly resident. Signs include:

  • Unexplained bruises, cuts, fractures or burns
  • Marks around the wrists or ankles
  • Deterioration in physical and mental health
  • Anxiety or fear in the presence of certain staff members or residents

Verbal/emotional abuse

Verbal abuse can include a threat of any kind to cause physical pain or injury to a nursing home resident. Emotional abuse can include verbal and non-verbal acts that are meant to intimidate, humiliate and otherwise inflict psychological damage on a resident. Signs include:

  • Sudden change in demeanor
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Nervousness around certain staff members or residents

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse is the use of force or the threat of force to engage in non-consensual sexual contact with a nursing home resident. The abuse may be committed by a staff member, fellow resident or visitor to the facility. Signs include:

  • Unexplained cuts or bruises, including the breasts and buttocks.
  • Bleeding in the genital area
  • Refusal to allow others to touch him or her
  • Diagnosis of a sexually transmitted disease

Financial exploitation

Any illegal use or wasting of a nursing home resident's money, personal property or other assets is financial exploitation. It can include theft by a staff member, embezzlement of a resident's funds by an administrator or use of fraud to gain access to a resident's funds. Signs include:

  • Unusual ATM or other bank account withdrawals
  • Checks "bounce" when sufficient funds should be available
  • Loss of personal property, including clothes, jewelry and collectibles
  • Abrupt changes to a will or trust

If you believe your elderly loved one has been abused in a nursing home, contact us right away. We can advise you on reporting the abuse and get to work immediately on protecting your loved one's health and your legal rights.

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