Iowa Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Nursing homes are designed to provide
residents with the level of care that they would not otherwise receive. To be
sure, most nursing homes are tasked with caring for residents who suffer from
neurodegenerative diseases like dementia, are physically disabled or
incapacitated, or/and who cannot perform self-care otherwise.
While there is an expectation that a nursing home will provide a high level of care to a resident–if not treat them with respect, compassion, and even love–nursing homes and their staff do not always live up to this standard. Indeed, nursing home and elderly abuse is a tragic problem in Iowa.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
When nursing home abuse occurs and a resident
suffers harm as a result, filing a lawsuit may be appropriate. Nursing home
abuse usually takes one of four forms:
- Physical abuse – Physical abuse involves the use of physical force to control,
intimidate, bully, or cause harm to a resident. Examples of physical abuse
might include improperly restraining the resident, using medication to sedate
the resident without just cause, and hitting, biting, kicking, pinching,
slapping, shoving, etc. the resident.
- Sexual abuse – Any sexual contact between a nursing home resident and a staff member
that is non-consensual is sexual abuse. In addition to resulting in civil
consequences, sexual abuse may have criminal repercussions, too.
- Emotional abuse – Abuse may be emotional or psychological as opposed to physical. Bully,
taunting, and teasing residents are common examples of emotional abuse.
Refusing to allow residents to participate in social activities or spend time
with loved ones are also types of psychological abuse.
- Financial exploitation – Sadly, some nursing home staff members may take
advantage of a nursing home resident by exploiting them financially. Examples
might include stealing directly from the resident, convincing them to change
their will, asking the resident to make large cash withdrawals, or using the
resident to take out a loan or make a large financial purchase.
In addition to the four types of
intentional abuse listed above, nursing home neglect–where a nursing home
resident does not receive the level of care to which they are entitled–may
also be cause for a nursing home malpractice suit.
Remedies for Nursing Home Abuse
When nursing home abuse occurs, a
resident may be at risk of physical and psychological harm, the latter of which
is often closely related to physical deterioration. If your loved one is a
victim of nursing home abuse, it’s important that you act quickly.
A nursing home can be held liable for the abusive actions of its staff and may be required to pay an elderly person or their representative/estate damages for the harm that results from the abuse. In some cases, nursing home or a particular staff member may face criminal penalties as well.
Call Our Iowa Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Today
To learn more about how to bring forth a
nursing home abuse claim for damages, please reach out to our nursing home
abuse lawyer at the office of VanDerGinst Law today for your free consultation.
We are passionate about helping the vulnerable seek justice.