Step by Step Process for Reporting Nursing Home Abuse
The first hurdle in any abuse situation is to identify the abuse. Anyone with an elderly loved one who lives in a nursing home must know the signs of elder abuse and stay vigilant for any indication that abuse is taking place, especially since elderly people may be unable to report the abuse on their own. If signs of abuse are discovered, it can be difficult to know how to proceed. Take action with this step by step process for reporting nursing home abuse.
Before any steps are taken in reporting nursing home abuse, the abused individual must first be removed from the situation, in order to ensure their safety. If necessary, medical attention and counseling should be provided. Once their safety has been accounted for, you can begin the step-by-step process of reporting nursing home abuse.
- Gather all necessary information: You need an account that is as detailed as possible, including names, dates and specific details of what kinds of abuse was inflicted. Assemble a timeline, gather the names of any witnesses to the abuse, and obtain any records (such as medical or financial) that you may need.
- Contact an attorney. Legal representation is very important if you intend to take action against the abuser. A law firm with experience in handling cases of nursing home abuse and neglect should be consulted, as not all lawyers are equipped to deal with the complexities of an elder abuse case.
- File a complaint against the caregiver or facility with your state’s public health department. These agencies are tasked with enforcing the laws and regulations regarding proper care of elders, and they are required to investigate complaints. This is an important step in protecting other elderly people at the facility who may also be suffering from abuse. Complaints can be made anonymously.
- Get in touch with your local adult or elderly protective services, groups that can help investigate your claims, as well as providing guidance on how to proceed.
- Local law enforcement should also be notified, which is particularly important if you are considering legal action.
Many cases of elder abuse and neglect go sadly unreported, and the abusers are never brought to justice. Only by breaking the silence can this cycle end. The law firm of Garcia & Artigliere is experienced in nursing home abuse cases and can help you navigate this difficult process. Call them today at (800) 328-2630 or go online at www.lawgarcia.com for a free case review.