As the elderly population grows and nursing homes become increasingly crowded, nursing home residents may become subject to abuse or neglect. The Honolulu attorneys at Shim & Chang have experience handling these sensitive and often disturbing cases, always with the goal of seeing our clients obtain maximum compensation for their damages.
Many factors contribute to the high number of nursing home abuse cases being reported in Hawaii and throughout the United States. For one, nursing home staff are often under substantial stress. They are usually low-paid and overworked, and sometimes poorly trained, which may lead them to either intentionally or unintentionally mistreat nursing home residents. Also, nursing home residents may not communicate to their families that they are being mistreated. Some may not want to be a burden on their loved ones, while others may not be physically or mentally capable of explaining the situation, and some may even be threatened to stay quiet.
Mistreatment in nursing homes can generally be divided into three categories: physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. Signs of physical abuse are the most obvious, but even bruises and cuts are often attributed to an elderly person’s poor health or clumsiness. Symptoms of emotional abuse and neglect are even easier to brush aside or miss entirely. To ensure your loved one is receiving proper care at a nursing facility, watch closely for the following signs of abuse:
Discovering that your loved one may have been the victim of abuse by a caregiver is a devastating situation. The personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Shim & Chang will stand by you during this difficult time, aggressively pursuing claims against responsible parties, so that you can focus on your family’s well-being.
If you think that an elderly relative or friend is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect in Hawaii, do not hesitate to contact Shim & Chang to get the legal help that you and your loved one need. During a free initial consultation, you can talk to an experienced Honolulu nursing home abuse lawyer about investigating the situation and pursuing a claim for compensation.
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