Abuse at a nursing home is more common than it should be, and it can be difficult to identify or report assault cases when the victim is unable to speak. When a nursing home doesn’t provide proper care and a safe environment for their patients, it becomes neglect. When staff causes someone fear they will be harmed, that is an assault case. Hinkle Law Offices can help you gather the facts and hold responsible parties accountable.
What Qualifies as Nursing Home Assault?
People think assault requires physical harm being dealt. But if your loved one has been made to fear for their safety because someone has been threatening them, that counts as legal assault. It causes psychological damage and can even hurt someone’s physical health if they become too stressed to sleep properly or eat.
Battery is the act of causing physical harm. This doesn’t necessarily include threatening someone; a staff member may push an elderly resident in the nursing home, causing them to fall and break a hip. That is legal battery and grounds for legal action as nursing home assault. Assault and battery occurs when someone threatens another person with physical harm and then harms them. Neither of these are acceptable, and you have the right to seek legal help in either case.
Proving Nursing Home Assault
It may be difficult to prove that assault cases are happening without careful observation. Look for the following:
- Unexplained injuries
- Hair loss
- Cuts and bruises
- Torn or bloody clothing
- Depression or anxiety
If you notice any of the above in conjunction with things like a delay in visiting hours or a lack of physical care, you need to take immediate action. Remove your loved one from the nursing home and then contact Hinkle Law Offices for help in handling the legal steps you need to take in reporting the assault case.
Don’t let nursing home assault happen. You have a voice; speak out for those who are being abused and contact us today to start with your free case evaluation.