Each year in the United States, an estimated 2.1 million seniors are the victims of some form of abuse. Many do not report the abuse or neglect. Unfortunately, abused victims die earlier than those who are well cared for. According to the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), the maltreatment and abuse of those in a rehab facility is a significant problem. Those who are abused are at a 300% increase of dying within three years.
About Physical Abuse
Unfortunately, physical abuse 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 a person with unnecessary or brutal restraints that limit movement. This can lead to muscle atrophy and further degeneration of the muscles.
Physical abuse may be perpetrated by an acquaintance, doctor, nurse, caregiver, family member or another individual in the life of a person recovering.
Some of the more common signs of physical abuse are:
- Unexplained bruises and cuts
- Torn or bloody clothing
- Black eyes
- Broken bones
Physical Abuse Indicators
Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between abuse and self-neglect. Yet, abuse is the purposeful maltreatment with intentional infliction of physical harm. Be mindful of burns, abrasions, bruises, tooth loss, hair loss along with broken bones, sprains or dislocated joints.
The main physical signs of abuse include the following:
- A past history of hospitalizations, often for injuries that are the same or similar to other injuries
- A delay in receiving medical care for an injury
- Trips to various emergency rooms to avoid detection of abuse
- Unreasonable explanations as to how the person received an injury
- Strained relationships between caregiver and person
- Withdrawal from usual activities or social activities
If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected, do not accept denials. Instead, contact a knowledgeable lawyer experienced with representing victims. We have been assisting the injured for 20 years. We help clients from all over the country. Our consultations are completely free. Call today.