When older adults reach a certain age or develop a medical condition that prevents them from being able to live safely on their own, he or she may need to live in a nursing home or assisted living facility. And while we move loved ones to these facilities hoping to keep them safer, in some cases the exact opposite happens. More than a million Americans over the age of 65 across the country suffer from nursing home abuse every year. Nursing home abuse is a serious problem and could cause physical and emotional damage.
If your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, you need to fight for financial compensation to hold the responsible party accountable. Contact a Des Moines injury attorney of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 705-0233 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options.
What to Look For
Roughly four out of every five cases of nursing home abuse go unreported because the victim feels threatened or scared to talk. Accordingly, it is important for the family and loved ones of a nursing home resident to be alert for the following signs of possible nursing home abuse:
- Feelings of fear or anxiety
- Acting withdrawn or non-communicative
- Bruises or lacerations
- State of confusion
- Rapid weight loss
- Lack of intimacy even with family members
- Vaginal and anal bleeding (sexual abuse)
- Torn clothing
- Unsatisfied with an explanation of death
Do not delay seeking legal counsel if you or your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse. Contact the Des Moines injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling (515) 705-0233 and let us help you every step of the way.