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Different Types Of Nursing Home Negligence

Dec 1, 2007
Nursing home negligence lawsuits are filed by a victim who claims to have suffered an injury or loss in an accident caused by an employee. There are different types of abuse in a nursing home like physical and sexual abuse, psychological and emotional abuse, financial abuse, and abandonment. All these forms of abuse are illegal under state and federal law. Knowing the differences is important when you decide to speak with a nursing home negligence lawyer.

Physical abuse is one of the more common types of abuse. Beatings, sexual assault, food and water deprivation, and inappropriate use of physical restraints are all examples of physical abuse. Evidence that a physical assault has occurred would include: bruises, black eyes, broken bones, bed sores, burns, dehydration, weight loss, or a sudden change in the patient's behavior. Keep an eye out for these signs when visiting a loved one at the home. A lawyer can also help you in determining if you have a case or not.

Psychological and emotional abuse is another form of negligence. These types of abuse could include a threat, humiliation, verbal abuse, isolation of a patient, and any other type of emotional pain inflicted on the elderly. You can tell if a patient has suffered from this type of abuse if they show signs of anger, withdrawal from activities, confusion, constatntly being in a depressive state, and displaying behavior usually associated with dementia.

Finally, there is the type of abuse that can be financial. This is the theft of a nursing home patient's funds, property, or assets. Some examples could include: stealing their money or possessions, the forging of their signature, or cashing a patient's check without their permission. If you believe that a friend or loved one has suffered from any of these types of abuses, you should talk to a nursing home negligence lawyer immediately. A lawsuit could provide compensation for the victim. A lawyer will expose these facilities that are guilty of these crimes, and see to it that the victim is rewarded for their troubles.

You can request a free consultation and evaluation from a nursing home negligence lawyer. A lawyer will review the evidence surrounding the abuse and determine if the victim is entitled to compensation. There are usually no fees or expenses unless recovery is obtained. If the case is properly litigated, the legal process could bring about substantive and positive change in the facility.
About the Author
Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Fen-Phen and PPH, Paxil, Mesothelioma and Nursing Home Abuse. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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