Physical abuse of elderly residents of nursing homes can include physical violence, including punching, hitting, striking, and other forms of physical impact. For the elderly, physical abuse is a serious concern because seniors may be more prone to osteoporosis and other pre-existing conditions which can make physical violence extremely dangerous. Physical abuse can lead to fractures, broken hips, loss of mobility, and even fatalities.The Dangers of Physical Abuse
Physical violence can impact a senior in many ways. It can lead to:
- Broken bones
- Broken hips
- Fractured hands and feet
- Fractured fingers, which can severely limit mobility
- Head injuries, including fatal traumatic brain injury
- Serious complications
- Physical pain
- Emotional trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
Physical abuse can occur in nursing homes due to understaffing or due to incorrect training of staff. In addition to staff, however, other residents can also be physically abusive. No matter where the abuse originates, it is important to investigate before the violence escalates and before it can cause a serious or life-threatening injury.
One of the problems with stopping nursing home abuse in Hollywood and other communities is that it can be hard to notice when abuse occurs. There many signs of physical abuse in a nursing home environment:
- Unexplained injuries, such as fractures or bruising
- Frequent injuries which are blamed on falls or accidents
- Withdrawn behavior
- Sudden changes in personality for the senior
- Lack of adequate explanation or investigation of the injuries
- Lack of medical records about the injuries
Whenever an injury happens, it should be carefully investigated and medical assistance should be given to help the resident heal. Unfortunately, when physical abuse occurs, abusers may take steps to avoid detection. This may mean trying to prevent elderly patients from seeing a doctor or trying to downplay the severity of the injury.What to do if a Family Member is Affected by Nursing Home Abuse
If you suspect physical abuse in a nursing home, it is important to act immediately. Contact a nursing home abuse attorney in Hollywood or your community for immediate support and advice. You can always reach Flaxman Law Group online or by calling 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) to reach a Hollywood nursing home attorney for a free consultation.
Flaxman Law Group has a networking of investigators and other professionals who can work to strengthen your case and our attorneys have more than six decades of combined experience. We have helped thousands of families and injured individuals receive compensation and pursue legal action. Contact us today for a free consultation to see what can be done in your case.