“Law is of no use if it violates the principles of eternal justice.” – Lydia Maria Child.
According to the CDC’s report, there are more than 15,000 nursing homes for 1.4 million patients in the US.
The concept of nursing homes is gratifying. Sometimes in your life, you have to decide between the two roads, i.e., to take care of your loved ones or manage your finances. It is tough to choose any one among these. Why? Because it is vital to ensure the safety of your family members. However, you also have to earn money to pay for the medical bills.
You can’t do both at the same time. But, here, nursing homes become your savior. You leave your loved ones to them so that they can take care of him/her. However, later you realize that it was a mistake. Because some of the people at the place abused your loved one.
In such a circumstance, you feel heartbroken and get confused about what can be done. However, if you don’t take action, it can happen to any other person as well.
In fact, according to recent data, more than 10% of people over 60 reported their mistreatment. 3.5% of these reports were financial exploitation, 9% for verbal mistreatment, and 1% for physical threatening. This data is of reported cases only; think about the non-reported cases.
Considering all these statistics, it is your responsibility to report against it. Before you do that, it is crucial to understand the signs of abuse to file the complaint.
Sign of Abuse
The most common signs are wounds on the body. Check for cuts, bruises, broken bones, bedsores, or any other type of injury on the victim’s body. Along with that, check for the symptoms of depression, anxiety, or change in the person’s behavior pattern.
Moreover, you can check the unusual activity in their bank account. The chances are that they were mistreated for the money.
Make sure to collect the evidence. It will help you while you file the complaint.
Contact Your Lawyer and File a Complaint
The law is made for the protection of you and your family. You can’t control the actions of other people. However, you can teach them a lesson and protect others. The professionals at Prwlaw.com suggest holding such nursing homes accountable for their actions. Thus you should get in contact with the lawyer and file a case against them. Because every elder in this world has the right to be respected.
Reasons of Abuse
Now that you are filing your case, it is also vital to understand the reason behind mistreatment. It will help in making your case stronger. Generally, the cause of exploitation is understaffing, lack of a background check before recruitment, or employees’ fatigue. If the staff of a place meant for the care of the elders is not dependable, then what is the point of having one.
You put your trust in the nursing homes with the hope that your loved one will be safe and live in a healthy environment. However, it doesn’t happen. When such organizations fail to do their work correctly, it becomes your responsibility to fight back and protect your loved one with the help of law and a lawyer.