Pursuing damages and compensation for elder abuse in Louisiana
As parents and loved ones grow older, a nursing home may be a good option for a family member who needs extra care. When that extra care turns to abuse, you need experienced legal advice on stopping the abuse and pursuing available legal options.
Like abuse of the very young, elder abuse is an often silent crime. An elderly loved one may not be able to tell you that something is wrong with their care, or worse yet, they may not be believed. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, types of abuse include:
Physical: This is the threat of, or actual, physical abuse, or depriving someone of a basic need.
Sexual: Non-consensual sexual behavior of any kind is abuse.
Neglect: Failure to provide care, shelter, food, or protection of an elderly person is called neglect.
Abandonment: When someone deserts an elderly person in their care, it is abandonment.
Emotional: Emotional abuse is causing anxiety or distress to an elderly person in any number of ways.
Exploitation: Stealing, misusing, or hiding the assets or belongings of an elderly person is abuse.
It is sometimes a hard decision to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home. If you suspect they are being abused there, it may be even harder to manage the guilt of suspecting you have placed them somewhere they could be hurt.
If you have evidence, or a gut feeling, that a loved one is being abused in a nursing or assisted living environment—talk to an experienced elder abuse attorney now. It is not your fault, but you can stop the abuse if it is occurring.
Some symptoms of abuse include:
Unexplained injuries including bruises, broken bones, a black eye, lacerations, or an explanation that your loved one slipped and fell, or did something to hurt themselves could signal physical abuse.
A change of personality can alert you to abuse. If your loved one was happy and outgoing and becomes quiet and fearful, or if you think they are being over-medicated, you must speak up.
If you notice belongings are missing, or a bank account balance is suddenly off, it could be a sign of theft and exploitation.
If you are prohibited from having a private conversation with your family member during a visit to their nursing home, you should consider getting help right away. If you witness verbal cruelty, or a sharp or belittling tone while you are present, just think about what is going on when you are not there.
If your loved one has bedsores rising from her nursing home neglect, or complains they are being sexually assaulted, take steps to investigate.
If you suspect your loved one is being abused at a licensed health care facility, it is important to file a complaint with the state of Louisiana and get experienced legal help quickly. In Louisiana, a legal action against a nursing facility could be prohibited if too much time has passed. Also, a legal complaint for money damages for the abuse.
If you suspect your family member is being abused, do not delay. Report the abuse and get trusted legal advice immediately.
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The Law Offices of John S. Williams, LLC provides compassionate legal service when you are concerned your loved one is being abused or hurt in a nursing home or medical setting. We are dedicated to helping your loved one, and your family. Call (504) 486-0300 or contact us today.