When you trust the care of your elderly loved one to a nursing home, you expect that the staff of that facility will give him or her the same respect that they would give to their own loved ones. Sadly, nursing home abuse is experienced by an estimated 2 million senior citizens each year in the United States.
At Buckley & Associates in Seattle and Tacoma, we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of these victims and seeking the justice they deserve. Call our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys today at (206) 622-1100 if you suspect that your loved one has suffered at the hands of his or her caregivers.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Physical abuse is one of the most prevalent forms of elder abuse, but other types of abuse include:
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial exploitation
For every case of nursing home abuse that is reported, it is estimated that at least five other cases go unnoticed or unreported. Even in the absence of life-threatening conditions, you should always report expected abuse. It could save someone's life.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
The family of the elderly victim is usually the only chance that person has of someone recognizing that abuse is occurring in the facility and putting an end to it. You can learn to recognize the telltale signs of abuse. When you visit your loved one, look for:
- Broken bones
- Unexplained cuts and bruises
- Torn or bloody clothing
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Malnourishment or dehydration
- Bleeding around the genital or anal area
- Bruises on the breasts or genital regions
- Humiliation or intimidation of your loved one
Have you seen signs of nursing home abuse? Please contact Buckley & Associates for your free consultation. Our experienced nursing home abuse lawyers represent clients throughout the Seattle and Tacoma areas and the state of Washington.