Caregiver abuse in assisted living is the mistreatment of elder adults. The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) lists the types of elder abuse as:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Psychological abuse
- Financial exploitation
If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of one or more types of abuse, then reach out to our law firm to understand your legal rights.
Our Legal Team Will Investigate Whether Abuse Has Occurred
You may have seen signs of abuse in your loved one. A lawyer from our firm can follow up on these signs by investigating whether your loved one suffered abuse.
Our legal team may work with medical professionals, counselors, and other industry workers qualified to investigate abuse. They may investigate your claim by:
- Handling your case in an empathetic way
- Conducting a medical examination
- Speaking with anyone who has witnessed the abuse of your loved one
- Reviewing any evidence that may show abuse, such as your loved one’s medical records
We rely on professionals who know the signs of abuse well. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) explains that different types of abuse may produce different symptoms.
Symptoms of aging may include:
- Changes in your loved one’s mood
- Changes in your loved one’s behavior
- Physical injuries
- Unusual emotional outbursts
- Signs of fear
- Unexplained changes in your loved one’s finances
Caregiver abuse in your loved one’s assisted living facility is a possibility that our team will investigate.
We Will Investigate Caregivers Specifically
Caregivers may have the most influence over your loved one’s health and safety. Caregivers in an assisted living facility may be responsible for:
- Feeding your loved one
- Bathing your loved one
- Grooming your loved one
- Helping your loved one use the bathroom
- Helping your loved one take their medication
- Facilitating your loved one’s mental health
- Giving your loved one emotional support
Caregivers take on a massive responsibility when they choose to care for older adults. They make this choice, and they must treat your loved one with dignity at all times. If a caregiver has engaged in any behavior that qualifies as abuse, then they or the facility that employs them could owe you compensation.
Abuse Can Leave Lasting Scars
Any abuse that your loved one has suffered could have long-term consequences. Abuse victims may be violated physically, and they may also experience a damaging breach of trust. Your loved one may therefore be harmed emotionally, physically, and in other ways.
We will identify all of the ways that your loved one suffered because of abuse. Every abuse victim experiences different symptoms. For example, your loved one may suffer financially because of:
- The cost of medical care related to abuse
- The cost of being exploited financially
- The cost of relocating to a new facility as a result of abuse
Your loved one may suffer one or more physical injuries because of a caregiver’s abuse. Injuries may include:
- Broken bones
- Deep cuts or other wounds
- Internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
Some injuries can lead to secondary health consequences. Infection is a risk that may be particularly great among elder adults, as their immune systems may be less able to fight infection. Your loved one may have experienced significant pain and suffering because of abuse-related injuries.
Lastly, your loved one may have experienced psychological and emotional trauma because of their abuse. The World Health Organization (WHO) explains that abuse can cause “long-term psychological consequences.” Abuse may cause social withdrawal, depression, anxiety, or even death.
Our Team Will Fight for Your Loved One
Victims of abuse deserve to see justice done. If your loved one has passed away, then your family may be able to secure justice for your loved one. A lawyer from our team can help fight for justice on behalf of your loved one or in their memory. We will do what is required to complete a personal injury or wrongful death case for you.
Also, keep in mind that a caregiver may not be solely responsible for your loved one’s abuse. Other potentially liable parties may include:
- The owner of the assisted living facility where the abuse occurred
- Executives employed by the assisted living facility
- The immediate superiors of any caregiver who committed abuse
- Any other party who contributed to or is legally liable for your loved one’s abuse
Our team will gather evidence, file your claim, and negotiate compensation for your loved one or their surviving family members. If necessary, we will take your case to court.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Today
Caregiver abuse is unacceptable, and you or your loved one may deserve compensation from the liable parties. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444 to complete a free consultation with our team.