Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes
Studies have found that approximately 30% of all nursing home facilities in the US have been cited for committing some form of abuse against their residents. These sad occurrences can severely endanger the physical and mental health of an individual. Especially in the case of sexual abuse, a resident may be experiencing extreme pain and emotional suffering.
If you have a loved one who has been sexually abused in a nursing home, it is important to speak to a Des Moines nursing home malpractice lawyer about your rights. Compensation may be available for your pain and suffering. Contact the attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., today at (515) 225-2600 to schedule a free consultation.
Signs of Sexual Abuse
The person responsible for committing sexual abuse may be facing harsh sentences for his or her crime. In addition to the accused, the nursing home’s administrators may be held partially responsible for the emotional and physical damages of sexual abuse committed against residents. Poor supervision of residents is a common reason that individuals get away with the abuse of the elderly.
Often, these tragic events do not get reported. Confusion and memory loss on the part of the victims may be the cause, or they simply may be too afraid or embarrassed to tell their families that abuse is occurring. Therefore, as a loved one of a resident, it is important to look out for the signs of sexual abuse:
- Changes in personality / attitude
- Unexplained bruises or cuts
- Fear or anger towards nursing home staff
Nursing home abuse is happening all too often in America today. The physical and emotional toll it takes on the victims is extreme, and those responsible for these despicable actions should be punished.
The Des Moines nursing home abuse attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., would like to help you hold those responsible for abuse accountable for their acts. To learn more about your rights to compensation, contact us today at (515) 225-2600.