Age discrimination is nothing new, as more and more senior employees come forward with correlate claims. However, age discrimination goes far beyond the workplace, especially later in life. One of the most common examples are the abuses that often take place in nursing homes. Herein you can learn more about the most common types of abuses and the legal steps you can take to overcome them.
What is Nursing Home Negligence?
Reckless behavior on behalf of the nursing staff that operates in these facilities is qualified as negligence when it affects patient’s physical and psychological integrity. Such behavior can translate into plain negligence when patients’ needs are simply ignored despite their legal rights to benefit from quality assistance. However, the discriminatory behavior can go far beyond this level and even amount to physical abuse.
Which are the most common types of abuses?
- Emotional abuse: ignoring patients, failing to check up on them regularly or scolding them
- Physical abuse: failing to offer patients the rightful assistance regarding hygiene or nutritional needs, aggressive behavior
- Medical negligence: failing to provide patients the necessary medical treatment
What can you do to stop an abuse?
If you or a beloved person have been the victim of a nursing home abuse, you should contact a lawyer who will help you understand if you can file a civil claim. As soon as you reach out to a legal representative, you will also have to start gathering all the necessary proves to support your cause. In the first phase of the legal procedure, your lawyer might try to reach a settlement with the other party, the nursing home. If this is not possible, you will have to go to trial.
Nowadays age discrimination and elderly abuse have become a burning issue in the nursing home system. Sometimes the level of negligence can even cause severe personal injury. If you or someone you know have suffered from wrongful treatment, don’t be afraid to speak up. Legal experts like John M. O’Brien & Associates, who are specialized in protecting vulnerable citizens, can help you fight for your cause.
Age Discrimination – Do You Need a Lawyer?
If you think you may be experiencing age discrimination, you may want to reach out to an age discrimination lawyer. With offices in Oakland and San Anselmo, our attorneys can provide a private consultation on age discrimination law.