How to Report Nursing Home Abuse
Many cases of nursing home abuse go unreported, either due to elderly residents’ inability to communicate effectively or due to threats or intimidation by the caretaker. Learn how to report nursing home abuse and hold responsible parties accountable for their actions.
By law, doctors, nurses, social workers, and other healthcare professionals are required to report signs of nursing home abuse. Unfortunately, due to understaffing and a variety of other issues, many cases do not get reported to the proper authorities. This is why it’s a good idea for you to know how to identify and report nursing home abuse yourself.
If you suspect nursing home abuse, bring it to the attention of the facility’s staff immediately. Your elderly relative’s doctor will be able to check their charts and confirm or deny your suspicions. If your relative’s doctor denies your suspicions and you still suspect abuse, it’s in your best interest to contact a qualified attorney, experienced in nursing home abuse cases, who can help you take proper legal measures.
If you directly witness abuse, contact the authorities. Law enforcement will launch an investigation and can ensure the facility’s residents are protected from further abuse.
Your attorney will work with you to secure evidence to support your case, including the following:
- Written descriptions of the victim’s injuries
- Photos of the victim’s injuries
- Written statements from any witnesses of the abuse
- Written statements from the victim themselves
- Notes about any changes in the victim’s behavior
If you believe your elderly loved one has suffered abuse in their nursing home, our attorneys at Wagner Reese can help you and your relative obtain justice. We draw from decades of legal experience to provide individualized representation that is tailored to your unique circumstances and goals.
If you suspect nursing home abuse, we encourage you to contact us today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a complimentary case evaluation.