Nursing Home Physical & Sexual Assault Lawyers
Physical elder abuse is non-accidental use of force against an elderly person that results in physical pain, injury or impairment.
Due to their physical dependence, nursing home residents are easy targets of physical abuse.
This kind of injustice is absolutely unacceptable, and deserves severe punishment to both the perpetrator and the nursing home that allowed the abuse to occur. Abuse includes physical, emotional, psychological and sexual maltreatment.
Has your loved one endured sexual or physical abuse while in the care of an aged care facility?
The law office of PKSD, is Wisconsin's largest nursing home abuse law firm and can provide the information and guidance to help obtain the justice that you deserve.
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In emotional or psychological senior abuse, people speak to or treat elderly persons in ways that cause emotional pain or distress. Verbal forms of emotional elder abuse include:
- Intimidation through yelling or threats
- Humiliation and ridicule
- Habitual blaming or scapegoating
Nonverbal Psychological Elder Abuse
Nonverbal psychological elder abuse can take the form of:
- Ignoring the elderly person
- Isolating an elder from friends or activities
- Terrorizing or menacing the elderly person
Unfortunately, elderly nursing home residents are easy prey for sexual predators because they are often weak and defenseless. They may also fall victim to sexual abuse because they had a stroke or other medical condition that caused them to lose their speech or motor skills.
Sexual abuse is any form of nonconsensual sexual contact, including unwanted or inappropriate touching, rape, sodomy, sexual coercion, sexually-explicit photographing and sexual harassment. It would include situations where the nursing home resident was forced, coerced, tricked or manipulated into unwanted sexual contact and where the nursing home resident is too ill, frail or mentally incapacitated to give consent.
A nursing home resident can be sexually abused by a nursing home staff member, another resident, a stranger or a family member in a variety of situations.
Nursing homes must conduct background investigations on potential employees. Some of these employees may have been terminated from previous jobs because they abused a nursing home resident at another facility and some may have criminal records.
There are also federal and state regulations that are aimed to prevent employment of individuals who have been convicted of abusing, neglecting or mistreating individuals in a health care related setting. Nursing homes have a duty to be thorough in their investigations of the past histories of individuals they are considering hiring.
Unfortunately co-ed settings in nursing homes can give rise to the sexual abuse of one resident by another. Residents who are weak or unable to speak may be an easy target for sexual abuse by another resident who knows of the potential victims mental or physical challenges. Sexual abuse by another resident may occur because the nursing home fails to properly supervise residents.
Sexual abuse by a stranger often occurs because the nursing home lacks adequate security which allows strangers to enter the facility.
When a nursing home fails to properly screen, supervise, or train an employee, properly supervise residents, or if a nursing home resident is sexually abused by a stranger who gains access to the facility under these circumstances the nursing home may be liable for negligence.
Tips To Prevent Sexual Abuse Injuries
The following signs may indicate that your loved one is the victim of sexual abuse in a nursing home:
- Unexplained difficulty with walking or sitting
- Bruising and/or thumbprints on the inner thighs, genital area, buttocks, and/or breasts
- Unexplained vaginal and/or anal bleeding
- Unexplained sexually transmitted disease or genital infection
- Unexplained genital irritation, injury, and/or redness
- Presence of sperm in the vagina or anus
- Torn, stained, or bloody underclothing
- Stained or bloody sheets
- Rope burns on wrists or ankles
- Fear, stress, anxiety, or a combative reaction when a particular staff member approaches to help the resident with bathing, dressing, or toileting
If your loved one exhibits any of the above signs, you should immediately report the incident to the police and get emergency medical help. Oftentimes, however, elderly people are afraid or embarrassed to admit that they were the victim of sexual abuse; and others may be too physically or mentally impaired to communicate the incident.
In these situations, if you believe the warning signs are severe enough, call police and get your loved one to the emergency room of a hospital as soon as possible.
Contact our Legal Professionals Today
If you or your loved one is the victim of any type of nursing home abuse or neglect, you must contact an experienced Wisconsin personal injury attorney to protect your rights and make sure you receive compensation for harm suffered at the nursing home.
Taking legal action against an abusive or negligent nursing home is one of the best ways to raise awareness, improve quality of care and effectively improve the life of your loved one and other victims of nursing home abuse/negligence.
At PKSD, we are dedicated to preventing negligence and abuse from occurring in nursing homes. Our Milwaukee-based personal injury lawyers are experts in this complicated area of the law, and work relentlessly to hold nursing homes accountable.
We work with a team of medical experts, investigators, and other attorneys to our team of attorneys, nurse attorneys and paralegals handles the largest volume of nursing home cases in Wisconsin. Our team helps clients and their families obtain financial restitution for their pain, suffering, financial loss and medical expenses.
We provide each client with extensive resources, aggressive representation, personalized attention and compassionate legal care.
If you are in need of a Wisconsin nursing home attorney, contact PKSD today for your free consultation at 877-877-2228.
Your first consultation is FREE and we only get paid when we obtain a recovery.