Nursing Home Sexual Abuse
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Sexual abuse in a nursing home is devastating and horrific to think of, but unfortunately an all too common occurrence. Any type of sexual harassment, abuse, or exploitation is a serious form of nursing home abuse. Seniors are targets for sexual abuse due to their extreme vulnerability, deteriorating health, and inability to fight back or call for help. Residents may fall prey to sexual abuse by nursing home staff, other residents, or even visiting strangers.
If your elderly loved one has suffered the traumatic effects of sexual abuse, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today. We have handled over 10,000 cases and have recovered millions in over 50 years of collective practice. We travel nationwide to represent clients on a contingency fee basis!
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Is the Nursing Home Allowing Abuse?
Sexual abuse includes any non-consensual sexual contact, such as touching, rape, photography, videotaping, and verbal harassment. Neglect leading to abuse occurs when nursing home management fails to protect residents from unwarranted sexual contact, fails to report it if it does occur, and fails to properly investigate any suspicions or allegations. Sexual harassment by other residents often goes unreported because nursing home management fears loss of profits, negative press, or simply does not check up on vulnerable residents.
Sexual abuse and harassment may occur in a variety of situations:
- Incompetent nursing home managers don't perform background checks on employees
- Inadequate training procedures leave gaps in patient care knowledge
- Insufficient staff leave seniors alone with strangers or potentially harmful residents
- Improper assessment of employee mental health allows dangerous employees to work
- Unmonitored volunteers may take advantage of nursing home residents
It is the legal responsibility of staff to closely monitor any residents who pose a risk, or who are known to engage in inappropriate behavior. Many seniors with dementia or other cognitive problems become extremely sexually aggressive, especially as the illness progresses. These residents require constant supervision, and overworked staff may not be able or willing to provide such measures to protect the safety of other residents.
Signs of Sexual Abuse in a Nursing Home
Some states do not require background checks for their employees; check to see if your state requires such measures. When visiting your loved one, privately ask if any inappropriate behavior has occurred, either to them or other residents.
Take a look at recognizable signs of sexual abuse:
- Bruising around breasts or thighs
- Genital bleeding or infections
- Trouble walking
- Discomfort while sitting
- Sexually transmitted diseases
Nursing homes are legally required to notify family of any unusual, harmful, or unsafe behavior affecting their loved one.
Fight for Justice. Call Our Chicago Elder Abuse Attorneys!
If you suspect any suspicious behavior, it is important to contact one of our Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys immediately. We offer free consultations throughout the country and represent clients in all 50 states. We can help you fight to protect your loved one and prevent further harm. Since 1985, Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has established a history of success in helping over 10,000 clients. You can trust your nursing home sexual abuse case to our award-winning and nationally respected firm.
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