Signs and Symptoms of Physical Abuse
Physical nursing home abuse is not limited to hitting, shaking, shoving, slapping or kicking a resident. It can also include abusive physical restraints, physical punishment, force-feeding and many others.
But if you are observant, you should be able to spot signs that a resident has been mistreated. These include:
- Bite marks
- Black eyes, bruises, lacerations or welts
- Bone fractures
- Broken eyeglasses or frames
- Hair pulls or bald spots
- Head trauma
There are also behavioral signs that can indicate physical abuse. For example, your loved one could be exhibiting a sudden change in his or her behavior, or may be acting in an extreme manner. This could include signs of aggression, withdrawal or depression. He or she may show an odd sense of fear of a certain caregiver or another resident, or have an implausible explanation for an injury you’ve spotted.
What to Do if You Suspect Physical Abuse
Contact your local police or dial 9-1-1 if you have any reason to believe a nursing home resident is in immediate danger of physical abuse or serious harm. Then get in touch with Baron & Budd to learn more about your legal rights and see if you qualify to file a lawsuit for nursing home abuse. Call us at 866-612-0246 or complete our contact form to contact us online.