Recognizing The Signs of Nursing Home Sexual Assault
Most elderly individuals rely on walkers and wheelchairs to leave their beds. They depend on others to care for them. And they go to nursing homes to be cared for. Instead of being cared for, some of these elderly people are sexually assaulted. Unfortunately, the unthinkable is happening at nursing home facilities throughout the country: vulnerable seniors get sexually assaulted and abused by the very people paid to care for them.
Elderly nursing home residents become an easy prey for sexual predators because they are often weak and unable to protect themselves. Most may not even be able to speak due to a medical condition or side effects of medication. If you suspect that your elderly loved one was sexually abused or assaulted in a nursing home, you need to immediately notify authorities. You also need to consult with an experienced Los Angeles nursing home sexual abuse attorney to protect the legal rights of your loved one.
We will do anything to prevent our elderly loved ones from becoming sexual preys in a nursing home. However, no nursing home resident is totally safe or invulnerable to sexual abuse. When the unfortunate does happen, it is common for most of us not to realize it has happened because we cannot be with our elderly loved ones at all times.
This is particularly why it is important to be familiar with the signs that may indicate your loved one is the victim of sexual abuse in a nursing home. Common signs of nursing home sexual assault include:
- Unexplained difficulty with walking or sitting
- Bruising on private parts of the body, ankles or the wrists
- Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding
- Unexplained sexually transmitted diseases or genital infections
- Torn, stained or bloody undergarments
- Stained or bloody sheets
- Fear, stress or anxiety with a particular staff member at the nursing home
If you have noticed any of these signs, you need to take immediate actions by reporting the incident to the police and getting medical help for your loved one. You should also contact one of our compassionate nursing home sexual abuse attorneys, as you may have a civil action against both the perpetrator and the nursing home.
Let Us Help
Sexual abuse can be one of the most horrifying types of nursing home abuse and it happens all too often. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a nursing home sexual abuse, you should call the caring and experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas at 888-848-5084. We will work hard to get your loved one the fair compensation that you deserve.