Nursing Home Abuse Injuries

The World Health Organization states that elder abuse can result in numerous significant injuries to our senior population, including illness, physical harm, loss of productivity, isolation, and despair. Unfortunately, much of this abuse currently occurs on a daily basis in our nation’s nursing homes. The institutions that commit to care for our loved ones and keep them safe from harm are often the same institutions that cause injury.

Nursing home abuse and neglect are widespread and complex. The ramifications can be long-lasting and even fatal. Injuries resulting from maltreatment, negligence, or cruelty are all too commonplace and widely varied.

The following is an extensive, but incomplete, listingĀ of the possible aftermaths of nursing home abuse.

Physical Abuse Injuries

  • Head Trauma
  • Internal Injuries
  • Sprains or Dislocations
  • Depression
  • Disfigurement
  • Permanent Disability
  • Shortened Life Expectancy
  • Wrongful Death
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic Attacks or Other Anxiety Disorders
  • Bruises, Cuts, Abrasions, Black Eyes, or Broken Bones

Sexual Abuse Injuries

  • Pelvic Injury
  • Depression
  • Vaginal or Anal Bleeding
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Bruises to Genitals or Breasts
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic Attacks or Other Anxiety Disorders

Emotional Abuse or Neglect Injuries

  • Depression
  • Extreme Agitation or Living in Constant Fear
  • Non-Communicative or Non-Responsive State
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic Attacks or Other Anxiety Disorders

Financial Abuse Injuries

  • Loss of Personal Property
  • Fraudulent Use of Victim’s Monetary Resources
  • Loss of Home, Pension, Investments, or Saving Accounts
  • Inability to Meet Monetary Needs

Medical Abuse or Neglect Injuries

  • Frequent Illness
  • Shortened Life Expectancy
  • Pneumonia
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Wrongful Death
  • Bed or Pressure Sores
  • Recurrent or Serious Infections, Including Sepsis
  • Confusion, Delirium, Drowsiness, Tremors, or Side Effects of “Chemical Restraints”
  • Kidney Failure, Amputation, or Cardiovascular Disease Due to Lack of Diabetic Care

Personal Hygiene and Basic Needs Neglect Injuries

  • Skin Infection or Rash
  • Dental Disease
  • Staph or Viral Infections
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Bed or Pressure Sores
  • Depression or Anxiety
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Wrongful Death
  • Injury Due to Slips or Falls

Loss of Enjoyment of Life

Any type of nursing home abuse or neglect can result in a resident’s golden years turning into a sorrowful and sometimes terrifying time. The ability to enjoy life’s simple pleasures can be stunted or permanently damaged.

Nursing homes and long-term care facilities can be held liable for the injuries they caused or allowed to occur. If you suspect a loved one has experienced physical harm, mental anguish, or a depletion of financial resources due to nursing home abuse or neglect, they may be entitled to compensation.