It is imperative for individuals and family members to recognize the signs of elder abuse promptly and take immediate action if mistreatment is suspected. Reporting suspicions to the appropriate authorities is a crucial step in protecting vulnerable individuals and holding those responsible accountable. Elder care abuse carries significant legal implications, with many jurisdictions enforcing mandatory reporting laws. Failing to report abuse may result in legal consequences. Adult Protective Services agencies play a pivotal role, investigating reports of elder abuse and neglect and collaborating with law enforcement to ensure intervention.
If you suspect your loved one is being abused in a nursing home, acting quickly is important! We recommend taking these steps:
Disclaimer: This page and recommendations are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Consult with an attorney for advice regarding your situation.
Ensure Immediate Safety:
If there is an immediate threat or serious injury, call 911, local emergency services, and Adult Protective Services (APS).
Report to Nursing Home Staff:
Notify the nursing home administration, follow their reporting procedures, and request a written report.
Document Everything, Preserve Evidence & Contact Law Enforcement:
Record details, dates, times, and incidents. Capture photos of visible injuries or concerning conditions. Safeguard relevant evidence like medical records, photographs, or written communication. If a crime is suspected, involve local law enforcement and cooperate with their investigation.
Consult with Healthcare Professionals:
If an injury has occurred, seek medical attention for your loved one right away, and again – document and preserve the evaluation and treatment received.
Follow Up Regularly & Support Your Loved One:
Stay actively involved, monitor your loved one’s well-being, and ensure corrective actions are taken. Offer emotional support, encouraging them to share their experiences and feelings.
Seek Legal Advice from an Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Attorney:
Consult a law firm or attorney specializing in elder abuse like Hartley Law Group for guidance on your legal options.
Contact Us Today!
Hartley Law Group is committed to being your voice against nursing home abuse. Let us join forces to fight for justice and the safety of our elderly population. Call us now at 1.800.625.2889 for assistance and guidance in navigating the legal challenges associated with nursing home abuse, and remember victims of abuse have the right to seek monetary damages through civil lawsuits. In cases of wrongful death, families may pursue lawsuits for the benefit of surviving next of kin.