You trust your loved one to a nursing home or care facility with the understanding that they will be taken care of. While the vast majority of care facilities may provide a high level of care, some do not. Some do abuse or allow abuse to happen.
If you believe that your loved one has been the victim of elder abuse then you should read on to find out more about how to tell they are being abused and what to do if you discover they have been. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Signs of Abuse to Look Out For
First and foremost, let us discuss the signs of abuse that you should be on the lookout for. This includes obvious injuries such as bite marks, scratches, bruises, and open wounds. A single issue does not necessary show abuse, but if there are several, or there always seems to be a new one, and your loved one can not explain them then it may be a sign of abuse.
There are other non-physical things you can look for as well, including drastic mood changes, avoiding eye contact, isolating themselves, or signs of financial abuse. If you can, review their bank account and credit card accounts to ensure that there is no fraud taking place.
What to Do if You Suspect Abuse
If the abuse is life-threatening then you should call 9-1-1 immediately. Otherwise, contact a personal injury attorney right away. Give us all the evidence you have, such as bank statements, photos of injuries, and medical records. We will review the evidence to determine if you have legal grounds for a valid claim.
You should also be focusing on getting your loved one moved to a new facility. In fact, this is one of the reasons to hire an attorney: We can take care of the legal aspects so that you can focus on taking care of your loved one. Your primary focus is their health and safety, and we can help you keep that in the forefront.
We Must Be Able to Prove Two Things
In order to recover compensation in an elder abuse case, there are two things that must be proved: First, that the care facility breached their duty of care to your loved one. Second, we must be able to prove that the injuries your loved one suffered were the result of the breach of duty. We can use surveillance footage, medical records, witness testimony, and other evidence to make the case.
Now is the time to get help and we are standing by to offer it. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now to find out your legal options. We are available seven days a week.