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Nursing home neglect is the most common form of nursing home abuse, but many nursing home residents endure outright physical violence and sexual abuse. While it may seem that the signs of physical abuse would be obvious, they can go overlooked appearing to be the normal results of aging and infirmity. Abused patients are often too frightened to report physical abuse, too embarrassed to report sexual abuse, or too incapacitated to report either. If your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, the Boynton Beach nursing home attorneys of Fenster & Cohen, P.A. can help.
Physical Abuse in Nursing Homes
Physical abuse can come in the form of a very violent assault or more subtle physical roughness used to punish or “control” a nursing home resident. Physical abuse can include:
- Hitting or punching
- Hair pulling
- Rough handling during care
- Unnecessary restraint
Sexual abuse of nursing home residents is something that no one wants to think about. Unfortunately our natural aversion to the idea can also help perpetuate it because we simply do not want to believe something like that could happen. Nursing home residents who are victims of sexual assault who are able to communicate and report what is happening, may be too embarrassed to report it, or convinced that no one would believe them if they did report it. Other victims may be too physically or mentally incapacitated to resist or report what is happening.
Sexual abuse in a nursing home includes:
- Unwanted or inappropriate touching
- Sexual coercion
- Coerced nudity
- Sexual harassment
- Sexually-explicit photographing or filming
Signs of sexual abuse include psychological trauma, injuries, infections and diseases.
If you believe that your loved one has been or is currently the victim of nursing home abuse in Florida, call Boynton Beach nursing home abuse attorneys Fenster & Cohen, P.A. by calling (954) 473-1500 or toll-free at (877) 845-8989 or contact us online. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.