Two months before his death, an elderly Alzheimer’s patient was abused by the nursing home his family trusted to keep him safe. Due to the extent of his wounds, the man died. His family is devastated. Now, they want justice.
About Elder Physical Abuse
Unfortunately, physical abuse of an elder is more common than most people would think as well. Physical abuse is any force that causes personal injury or pain. This includes striking, hitting, beating, shoving, among other actions. Physical abuse also can mean tying down an elder with unnecessary or brutal restraints that limit movement. This can lead to muscle atrophy and further degeneration of the muscles.
Physical abuse against the elderly may be perpetrated by an acquaintance, doctor, nurse, caregiver, family member or another individual in the life of an elderly person. According to the US National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA), most perpetrators of elder physical abuse are unemployed, single and live with the elder in his or her own home.
Some of the more common signs of physical abuse of the elderly are:
- Unexplained bruises and cuts
- Torn or bloody clothing
- Black eyes
- Broken bones
Elderly Alzheimer’s Patient Abused
Two months before his death, an elderly Alzheimer’s patient suffered extensive injuries. A worker at the nursing home would severely abuse him. The family noticed extensive bruising on the sides of his face. Also, medical reports showed bone fractures around his eyes. An overworked and overtired employee would back-hand and punch the man during his forgetful states.
The nursing home at first did not terminate the employee even faced with evidence and a police report. However, when the local police arrested the abusive employee, the facility terminated her employment. Unfortunately, this is more common than families realize. Even if law enforcement or the nursing home won’t help, we can!
Get Justice for a Loved One
If you suspect abuse or neglect, do not accept denials. Instead, contact a knowledgeable lawyer experienced with representing victims. When an abuser injures a resident at a care facility, it is not always obvious what happened and legal liability. The evidence available is often incomplete and may be self-serving for the defendant – the nursing home. This is why a free consultation with us is so important. We have been assisting the injured for 20 years. We help clients from all over the country. Our consultations are completely free. Call today.