Cleveland Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
Fighting on Behalf of Your Elderly Loved Ones
According to the Nursing Home Abuse Center, an estimated 1 to 2 million individuals 65 years of age or older experience mistreatment or abuse at the hands of a trusted caregiver in the United States. Given how under-reported this issue is, however, this number is likely much higher.
At Burnside Brankamp Law, our Cleveland nursing home abuse attorneys are committed to fighting on behalf of your elderly loved ones if they were neglected, abused, or otherwise harmed by nursing home staff or another trusted caregiver. We understand how shocking and painful it must be to find that the people you trusted with your relative’s well-being ultimately betrayed you and will do what is necessary to hold them liable for their actions.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Acting quickly is crucial in cases of nursing home abuse, so it is essential for you to know what signs to look for. Abuse does not always result in cuts and bruises, so make sure you familiarize yourself with the many forms of abuse your loved one might encounter. It can make a profound difference in his or her life.
Here are some of the signs of nursing home abuse:
- Emotional abuse: As mentioned above, abuse is not always physical. If your loved one is suffering from emotional abuse, the signs will not be as easily recognizable as physical abuse. Some of the signs you should look out for include symptoms of dementia, rocking behaviors, thumb-sucking, and mumbling. Additionally, you might notice your loved one’s caregiver appears to be controlling or belittling.
- Physical abuse: If your loved one is being physically abused, some of the signs you might notice include scars, bruises, unexplained broken bones, signs of restraint, and failure to properly take medications. Moreover, your loved one’s caregivers might not allow you to spend time with your elderly loved one.
- Neglect: Understaffing is a major issue in nursing homes and, as a result, your loved one might suffer from extreme neglect. Some of the most common signs of neglect include lack of proper hygiene, dirty clothing, unsafe living conditions, soiled bedding, bedsores, and dehydration.
- Sexual abuse: Elderly individuals are some of the most vulnerable members of society and some choose to take advantage of this vulnerability through sexual abuse. Some of the signs of sexual abuse you should be aware of include genital infections and unexplained STDs, torn or bloody underwear, bruised genitals or breasts, and anal or vaginal bleeding unrelated to any medical conditions.
If you believe your elderly loved one is being abused or neglected, you have a right to pursue justice on their behalf.
Contact Our Cleveland Nursing Home Abuse Team Today!
If your elderly loved one is suffering from abuse or neglect, contact the team at Burnside Brankamp Law in Cleveland for the aggressive legal representation you need to ensure the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions.
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