Placing a loved one in a nursing home is a difficult decision. Sadly, some residents will be exposed to various forms of nursing home abuse, including sexual abuse.
Sexual abuse is one of the most serious and despicable forms of nursing home abuse. It is also one of the least reported.
This type of abuse occurs when a caretaker, fellow resident or other person who may be in a position of power engages in non-consensual sexual contact with a nursing home resident.
If you believe your loved one has been sexually abused while at a nursing home, contact our West Palm Beach nursing home abuse attorneys. Our lawyers will investigate your claim, the nursing home facility records, your loved one’s medical records, and much more so that your loved one can get the justice they deserve.
Common Types of Sexual Abuse
Physical abuse and sexual abuse is a growing problem in nursing home facilities, especially in understaffed facilities where residents and staff are under less supervision.
Some common forms of nursing home sexual abuse include:
- Sexual coercion
- Forced nudity
- Forced viewing of unwanted sexual acts
Sexual abuse does not always result in physical harm. A resident may be forced to listen to inappropriate jokes or view pornographic images. Instances of caretakers taking inappropriate photos of residents and posting them on social media have also been reported.
Other inappropriate behaviors, such as non-consensual touching, kissing or pinching, are also considered sexual abuse.
Abuse at a nursing home may be initiated by staff, other residents or unsupervised visitors.
All these types of abuse can by physically and emotionally traumatizing. Our sexual abuse attorneys are committed to obtaining justice for anyone who has been sexually abused at a nursing home. If you suspect that your loved one has suffered such abuse, contact us for a free legal evaluation. We can help you determine your legal options and how to pursue a claim against the negligent nursing home facility.
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Warning Signs of Nursing Home Sexual Abuse
One of the most frightening aspects of sexual abuse in a nursing home involves a resident who may be unable to communicate what happened or how to stop it. Some residents may be fearful of speaking up or too embarrassed to report the abuse.
Some signs of nursing home sexual abuse include:
- Genital tears or bleeding
- Bruising around the inner thighs, breasts or abdomen
- Difficulty walking
- Emotional withdrawal
- Irritation or itching around the genitals
- Presence of sexually transmitted infections
- Stained or bloody sheets or clothing
The heinous crimes committed by the people meant to care for your loved one must be stopped. Always report any suspicion of nursing home sexual abuse and remove your loved one from the facility immediately.
After removing your loved one from the facility, contact a nursing home sexual abuse attorney. At Gordon & Doner, we are dedicated to holding negligent nursing home facilities responsible for failing to protect their residents. Our nursing home sexual abuse attorneys have more than 180 years of combined legal experience and are ready to help you and your loved ones.
Sexual Abuse Damages
Nursing home patients are easy targets of sexual abuse because of their physical or mental frailties. Unfortunately, some victims may be unable to report the abuse or will have their claims ignored.
If you believe your loved one was a victim of non-consensual sexual acts, they may be entitled to file a claim for damages. Victims may be eligible to recover compensation for medical bills, emotional distress, loss or impairment of physical or mental capacity, and punitive damages.
Also known as “exemplary” damages, punitive damages may be awarded in an effort to punish the defendant and deter future similar acts. In a nursing home abuse case, punitive damages may be awarded to deter a nursing home from failing to report sexual abuse or not protecting their residents from abuse.
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Dealing with the victimization of a loved one is difficult. If your elderly loved one was sexually abused, you may feel angry and frustrated at your inability to control the situation. After removing your loved one from the nursing home and reporting the abuse, consulting a nursing home sexual abuse attorney with experience should be your next step. In order for the victimization of our elderly citizens to stop, action must be taken.
To schedule a free consultation with a nursing home sexual abuse attorney, call 1 (855) 722-2552.
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