Unfortunately, there are nursing home staff who we trust and pay to take care of our family that seek to exploit the vulnerability of residents. The staff may perceive the victim as incapable of defending themselves or coherently reporting the abuse.
However, nursing home sexual abuse, a type of elder abuse, may be exposed via thorough and competent investigation with the help of an elder abuse attorney. If you or a family member is a victim of sexual abuse in a senior living facility, you may be entitled to recover compensation. At the same time, you can help prevent further sexual abuse in nursing homes. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm immediately at (800) 842-6336.
Nursing home administrators may be hesitant to believe sexual abuse accusations because of a resident’s declining memory or inconsistent accounts of what happened. Also, administrators may attempt to conceal evidence of abuse from the public and the authorities. Accordingly, they may be slow to investigate the abuse report or fail to investigate altogether. Investigators may view the claims as unfounded and discredit reporting victims. In turn, victims may feel powerless and reluctant to report the problem.
Nursing Home Abuse Is a Serious Issue
The criminal standard for proving the abuse requires that the abuser must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This is the highest legal standard possible to meet, and this can prove to be a challenge on the part of officials to investigate and properly document incidences of sexual abuse. This may be a particularly prevalent problem in cases involving a single abuser. And it makes preventing sexual abuse in nursing homes difficult.
Another obstacle to prevention is caused by inadequate training of nursing home staff. A failure to adequately educate caretakers in these facilities often results in an inability on the part of nonoffending caretakers to recognize the warning signs of abuse committed by their coworkers. Thus, the abuse becomes more likely to continue undetected. Another issue is frequent understaffing of nursing homes, according to the Sept. 2016 issue of the journal Health Service Insights.
These intrinsic obstacles can make preventing sexual abuse in nursing homes more difficult for victims and easier for offenders to continue. Nursing home sexual abuse can take many forms. This type of abuse can range from:
- Inappropriate touching
- Sexual threats
- Display of pornographic materials
Sexual abuse may be difficult for family members and caretakers to detect. However, there are verbal and nonverbal warning signs which may indicate that sexual abuse has taken place. It is possible that abuse has taken place if the resident:
- Suddenly becomes unusually angry or withdrawn.
- Suddenly and unusually wants to leave the facility.
- Has negative reactions to specific staff members.
- Displays physical indications of sexual abuse, such as bruising near genitals.
- Has symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases.
Sexual abuse is always a highly sensitive and complex matter. So, it is necessary to hire an attorney who will handle your case with compassion, discretion, and competence. We are available to speak with you about your case 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. If you have concerns about finding an elder abuse attorney that is right for you, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 842-6336 for a free and confidential consultation.
Let Us Help You Fight for Justice
Our attorneys have been fighting to prevent sexual abuse and various other types of elder abuse for over 35 years. Having an experienced nursing home lawyer on your side often significantly increases the chances of a favorable resolution to your claim. Our attorneys will handle your claim from start to finish, so you can have peace of mind. We perform the following services when fighting for our elder abuse clients:
- Document all relevant dates and details
- Review medical records
- Travel to clients if necessary
- Gather evidence
- Help obtain medical treatment
- Pursue your claim in court
- File a complaint
- Negotiate a settlement on your behalf
- Hire medical experts
- Interview witnesses
If the cost of representation is a concern, you should know that we do not charge our elder abuse clients any upfront fees, unless we recover compensation for you. The time to file your claim after any abuse occurs is limited by law. Do not hesitate to contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 842-6336 to discuss your case.