Forms of Sexual Abuse
Families who place their loved ones in a nursing home have a reasonable expectation to the safety and care of their elderly family member. Unfortunately, there are a number of ways an elderly patient can be abused in these situations; some common forms of abuse are emotional, physical, psychological, and sexual. Elder sexual abuse is a very difficult topic to discuss, let alone deal with. It is uncomfortable to consider such an atrocity ever occurring, and for this reason, it can go unnoticed for quite some time. This is why it is critical to enlist the help of an experienced nursing home abuse attorney if you suspect or have learned that your loved one has been abused.
The team at Hotze Runkle can work to pursue a claim on the victim’s behalf, so the perpetrator cannot repeat his or her heinous actions on anyone else.
Signs of Elder Sexual Abuse
If you suspect your loved one is being assaulted, there are a few signs to look out for:
- Emergence of sexually transmitted diseases
- Sudden difficulty sitting or walking
- Pelvic injury
- Bruises around the genital area or inner thighs
- Anal or genital pain, bleeding, or irritation
- Extreme agitation
- Withdrawal from social engagements or interactions
- Panic attacks, depression, suicide attempts, or symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder
While females are six times more likely to be the victims of elder sexual abuse, men are not completely safe from danger. Be aware of these symptoms at all times in order to protect your loved one from harm.
Contact a Texas Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
The attorneys at Hotze Runkle understand how devastating it is when the person you love has experienced abuse at the hands of those hired to keep them safe. If you suspect a loved one has become the victim of elder sexual abuse, speak to a Texas nursing home abuse attorney by calling 877-919-0830 today.