Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse is a tragic injustice. It is also much more common than any of us want to believe. If you have a loved one in a nursing home in Vermont or New Hampshire, it is important for their continued safety and happiness that you know how to identify all signs of abuse – and that you call our experienced attorneys at (603) 556-4148 if any indications of mistreatment should arise.

Physical and Sexual Abuse

Signs of physical abuse are not always obvious, but may be easier to detect than those of emotional abuse. Things to look for include:

  • Unexplained injury
  • Bruises around hips, breasts or genitals
  • STDs

These are often clear indications of mistreatment and should be brought to the immediate attention of our New Hampshire nursing home abuse attorneys. We will begin an investigation right away to determine if physical or sexual abuse is occurring and take steps to protect your loved one against further mistreatment.

Emotional Abuse

Signs of emotional abuse may also accompany physical and sexual abuse. These include:

  • Visible fear around nursing home staff
  • Unusual behavior such as nail biting or constant rocking
  • A withdraw from the nursing home community

As with physical signs, changes in behavior can be clear indications of abuse. If you have noticed these signs of nursing home abuse, please contact the Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss right away to discuss your case with one of our experienced elder abuse attorneys. We serve all of Vermont and New Hampshire.


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