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Indianapolis Nursing Home Abuse Injury Lawyer

Indianapolis Nursing Home Abuse Injury Lawyer

When you trust a nursing home for your own care or that of a loved one, you never expect that the facility’s owners, administrators, or staff will engage in misconduct. Of course, when you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect, you can file a report with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and authorities will conduct an investigation. However, despite potential sanctions against the facility, this does nothing to compensate for horrific personal losses.

At Holland & Holland, our Indianapolis nursing home abuse injury lawyers are experienced in seeking justice for victims and their families. No one should suffer the indignity of this type of mistreatment, so we will pursue the wrongdoers to get the compensation you deserve for such appalling conduct. We serve clients in Indianapolis, IN and throughout Marion County, and we are happy to explain your rights.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Considering that many victims may not have the mental capacity to complain of nursing abuse or neglect, it is often up to family and loved ones to identify mistreatment. Initially, you should note that there are different forms of conduct to watch for, including:

  • Physical Abuse: Openly obvious signs may be easiest to spot, such as bruises, bone fractures, or unexplained injuries. You should also keep an eye out for signs that the victim has been unreasonably restrained, including ligature marks on wrists or ankles. Sexual misconduct falls under the category of physical abuse, and it may become apparent through sexually transmitted diseases or urinary tract infections.
  • Emotional Abuse: Some forms of nursing home abuse serve to intimidate, debase, or humiliate the patient. Be on the lookout for indications that the victim is fearful, quiet, or withdrawn around certain caretakers.
  • Neglect: Though the signs are subtler, neglect can take an equally devastating toll. Indications include malnutrition, dehydration, dirty linens, poor personal hygiene, lack of proper medical treatment, and similar factors.
  • Financial Exploitation: It is also a form of nursing home abuse if employees take advantage of a victim’s income or assets. You may have a claim for financial exploitation if you see unusual bank activity, changes to a will or estate plan, depleted funds, or changes in beneficiary on accounts.

Compensation in an Indiana Nursing Home Abuse Claim

There are different types of compensation available in a nursing home abuse and neglect case, which is similar to a typical personal injury case. As a victim or acting on the victim’s behalf, you may be entitled to recover for such damages as:

  • Medical expenses for treatment;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Mental distress; and,
  • Other damages depending on the circumstances.

When the nursing home abuse is extreme, you may also be able to recover punitive damages in Indiana. This type of monetary award is not intended to compensate you but is for the purposes of punishing those responsible for intentional, willful mistreatment.

Discuss Your Claim with an Indianapolis Nursing Home Abuse Injury Lawyer

For more information on your rights as the victim or family member in a nursing abuse case in Indianapolis, please call 317.581.4400 or go online to reach Holland & Holland. We can set up a free consultation to learn more about your circumstances and explain your legal remedies.

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