Sexual Abuse in AZ Nursing Homes – How to Protect Your Elderly Loved One
Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Jan 12, 2018
Nursing home facilities are trusted to provide adequate care and medical assistance to elderly patients who can no longer live independently. While you expect the nursing home staff to treat your elderly loved one with dignity and compassion, sometimes the staff will abuse or neglect patients. In fact, it is estimated that nearly 2 million elderly nursing home residents are abused or neglected each year in the United States. At our firm, we believe nursing home staff and management must be held accountable for abuse or neglect that occurs in their facility. We will fight diligently on your behalf as you seek justice.
How to Identify Nursing Home Sexual Abuse
Abuse can be physical, emotional, or sexual. Sexual abuse may involve rape, groping, forced nudity, sexual assault and battery, unwanted touching, or other sexual actions. Nursing home patients are often weak and unable to resist aggressors. It is important that you make regular visits to see your family member, and to speak honestly with him or her to detect signs of sexual abuse.
Signs of sexual abuse include:
- Difficulty walking or sitting
- Pain or bleeding in the genital area
- Bruising around the breasts or thighs
- Unexplained genital infections or STDs
- Torn or bloody underwear
- Mood changes, antisocial behavior, or depression
It is estimated that only about 30% of nursing home sexual abuse victims report their abuse to the police. Elderly patients may suffer memory loss, or may be too embarrassed or traumatized to speak about their abuse. Furthermore, those suffering from dementia or other mental disabilities may not be able or willing to disclose their abuse to you or the authorities. Thus, you need to pay attention to any unusual signs that could point to instances of sexual abuse.
What to Do If You Suspect Your Elderly Loved One Is Being Abused
If you think your elderly family member is a victim of sexual abuse, you need to transfer him or her to a different facility immediately. Your main focus should be to get him or her out of that environment as soon as possible. You also need to alert the authorities and file a police report, in addition to informing the nursing home management.
Nursing home facilities are often more concerned about protecting their business interests than upholding justice. Thus, they may hire attorneys to deny or dispute your claim. It is important to seek the help of an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer who can gather evidence and represent you in court.
Call Our Aggressive Phoenix Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Today at (602) 842-6222
At Salvador Phillips, PLLC, we provide compassionate and tenacious legal services to victims of nursing home abuse. Our Phoenix nursing home abuse lawyers are experienced, and will conduct a meticulous investigation to build your case. Evidence may include witness statements, pictures or videos of the abuse, medical records, and other documentation. We will use effective legal strategies as you pursue justice for your elderly loved one.
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