Nursing homes are not free of sexual abuse. Residents are sometimes victims and at risk of exploitation. It’s important for you to know the signs and symptoms of being sexually assaulted so that you can protect your vulnerable loved ones.
Sexual abuse can happen in nursing homes, but the team at Lane & Lane, LLC is here to help you recover.
Although nursing homes are places where the elderly should be safe and cared for, wrongful sexual abuse can occur by both staff and resident actions.
Regardless of who committed the abuse, the nursing home may be responsible for the suffering your family experienced. They’re responsible for protecting the safety and wellbeing of their residents. If they fail to take care, they may be subject to a lawsuit.
Talk to your lawyer about how to file your claim and who’s liable for this suffering. They have the tools to determine whether the nursing home was negligent with a resident’s safety, including ignoring reports, failing to check the backgrounds of new hires, and
It’s important to document behavior once you suspect your loved one has been sexually assaulted, but what can you look for? There are many signs, such as changes in the following:
For example, your loved one may seem fearful when they leave their room or they may stay in their rooms all day to avoid the perpetrator. They may also be newly prone to fearful or angry outbursts. If you notice these worrying changes, you may need to contact the authorities about your family member’s safety.
Be observant and look for small details that wrongful abuse or harassment is indeed happening. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself when assessing the situation:
You may also ask the staff about its policies for preventing sexual abuse in nursing homes and how the staff is educated about it. Your or your attorney may be able to access a copy of these policies for your case.
If you suspect someone you love is being abused, you may need to act quickly. Your loved one may be afraid to reach out for fear of ridicule or harassment. Speak to an attorney who can help protect them.
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