Types of nursing home abuse and negligence

Despite the fact that loved ones are always on the lookout for nursing home abuse, this remains a major issue in the New York City area as well as other parts of the United States.

There is no concrete reason as to why nursing home abuse happens. What we do know is that this continues to be an issue. Furthermore, there are cases in which people never gets the help they need.

There are many types of nursing home and elder abuse, including but not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Physical abuse. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, physical abuse is defined as follows:

    “Physical abuse is defined as the use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment.”Common types of physical abuse include shaking, shoving, pushing, beating, hitting, burning, and kicking.

  • Sexual abuse. Any non-consensual sexual contact can be considered sexual abuse.
  • Emotional abuse. This includes any type of pain, anguish, or distress placed upon somebody through nonverbal or verbal acts. This can entail threats, insults, humiliation, intimidation, and harassment.
  • Neglect. When individuals, such as nursing home staff members, fail to or refuse to provide care based on their obligations, it can be considered neglect.

No type of nursing home abuse or neglect should go unnoticed. While the person who is being abused may not always be in the position to report the abuse, others, such as family members, can step forward. In the event that abuse is suspected, a personal injury attorney can answer questions and provide information on the victim’s legal rights.

Source: Department of Health and Human Services, “Types of Abuse” Nov. 03, 2014