Common Types of Little Rock Nursing Home Abuse
Many older Americans are unable to care for themselves and reside in nursing homes or long-term care facilities. While many residents are provided with the medical treatment and assistance they require, some become victims. In fact, data from the National Center on Elder Abuse says as many as one-third of elderly United States citizens will become the victims of abuse or neglect this year. That’s why the Little Rock nursing home abuse lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton would like to tell you about the three most common types of abuse:
- Mental Abuse- Mental abuse can come in many forms, including verbal or emotional mistreatment, humiliation, insults, and threats of violence or retaliation. Taking away choices, such as when to get out of bed or eat, can also be construed as mental abuse.
- Physical Abuse- This is the most common form of mistreatment reported in nursing homes today and can include physical altercations, sexual assault, or forced ingestion of food or medication.
- Neglect- Often unreported, nursing home neglect occurs when patients aren’t given the time and care they require. Such abuse can manifest itself when caregivers fail to regularly move patients from beds or are negligent in providing proper hygiene and sanitation to patients.
If you or a loved one have been harmed as the result of nursing home abuse or neglect, you may be entitled to compensation. The Little Rock personal injury attorneys with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton are here to help you stop the abuse. Call us today at (800) 767-4815 to speak with our legal team about your situation.