Physical abuse of the elderly occurs when a family member, in-house caregiver or nursing home caregiver intentionally or unintentionally harms the patient. Types of elderly physical abuse include punching, hitting, kicking, scratching, pulling hair, force-feeding and other forms of torture like incorrect administration of necessary or unnecessary medications, restraining the patient without need and more.
Some of the most common indicators of physical abuse include wounds such as bruises, cuts, welts or broken bones, mysterious injuries that may be hidden from plain view, persistent medicated states that keep the patient lethargic or unable to effectively communicate their distress, delay or refusal by in-house or nursing home staff in terms of visitors, depression, withdrawal, behavior changes or inappropriate, disrespectful comments from caregivers. If you or a loved one has been the victim of physical abuse at the hands of a trusted caregiver, speak with a Riverside nursing home abuse lawyer for legal representation you can trust.
The penalty for an in-house or nursing home staff caregiver who commits physical abuse on a patient can include serious jail time and fines. Those guilty of physical abuse of the elderly should be prosecuted in order to not only save the individual from further physical abuse, but also to stop these destructive practices in nursing homes where it can well go unchecked. Riverside physical abuse malpractice attorney Steven Weinberg has many years of experience representing the rights of victims of physical abuse malpractice, and may be able to significantly increase your potential for financial compensation.
Contact a Riverside nursing home abuse attorney if you or a loved one has been the victim of physical abuse by an in-house or nursing home staff caregiver, and are seeking compensation for damages.