Indiana Lawyers for Victims of Nursing Home Sexual Abuse
Media reports often highlight instances of childhood sexual abuse. However, another vulnerable demographic, the elderly – particularly those who live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities – are also at risk of becoming victims of sexual abuse. Elder sexual abuse is defined similarly to childhood sexual abuse. Sexual contact, exposing of oneself, sharing obscene images, or taking inappropriate photos or videos of an elder without their consent are all forms of sexual abuse.
A number of factors can contribute to abuse in nursing home and assisted living facilities. Corporate business decisions and negligence, like failure to properly supervise staff or residents, failure to have an appropriate number of staff members per shift, and failure to conduct proper background checks on facility staff and caregivers, can create an environment where sexual abuse can occur. When these conditions exist, your loved ones are at a greater risk for injury including sexual abuse.
Elder victims of sexual abuse may show signs including bruising around the genital area, sexually-transmitted diseases, signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social or emotional withdrawal from others, panic attacks and more. Family members may be hesitant to make accusations or follow up on comments made by an elderly person who suffers from dementia. However, it is important to ask questions and investigate if a facility resident says something out of the ordinary. If you or a family member suspects that a loved one who resides in a nursing home or assisted living facility has been the victim of sexual abuse, it is important to take steps to determine if an assault did take place and get the proper treatment for your loved one. The trauma of sexual abuse can be substantial regardless of the age of the victim. It is important that all victims of sexual abuse have access to treatment and psychiatric therapy to help them deal with the impact of the trauma.
Summary of an elder sexual abuse claim
A resident at an Indianapolis area nursing home was repeatedly sexually abused by an employee of the facility. The employee was not responsible for the care of the resident, yet they were able to access the resident’s room due to the negligent staffing and supervision of the facility. A family member noticed their loved one was becoming more withdrawn and fearful with each visit and asked questions. It was discovered that the resident had been sexually assaulted numerous times. The family sought help through a licensed mental health professional and hired Cohen & Malad, LLP attorneys to bring a civil lawsuit against the facility and the employee. The pending lawsuit is seeking compensation for the victim to get treatment for the trauma inflicted on them and hold the facility accountable for failing to ensure the safety of its residents.
In another instance, a Cohen & Malad, LLP attorney represented an elderly victim of sexual abuse perpetrated by another facility resident. Resident-on-resident abuse occurs and can often be brushed aside as a consensual act. However, for many reasons, some elderly nursing home residents may not have the capacity to consent and any sexual act constitutes sexual abuse. Facility staff are responsible for supervising and protecting residents from unwanted sexual contact. In this instance, our attorney was able to get the victim the compensation required to facilitate ongoing psychological and medical treatment to cope with the damaging effects of this assault.
Indiana Sexual Abuse Lawyers
If you, your loved one, or someone else you know is a victim of sexual abuse or assault, contact us. Our attorneys have been trained by mental health professionals so as to not revictimize the Plaintiff when telling his or her story. Our attorneys have experience handling sexual abuse claims against residential facilities including nursing homes and assisted living facilities and can help your family on the path to healing. We understand the sensitive nature of this type of lawsuit and prioritize our clients’ privacy and trust while fighting to get them the compensation they need to assist them in healing and coping with sexual abuse.