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How to Spot Physical Abuse Warning Signs of a Nursing Home Resident

sad womanPhysical abuse of the elderly is a common form of nursing home harassment and neglect. Older residents are at greater risk of this type of injustice due to their fragility, physical and mental illnesses, and isolation from family and friends. And just like mental or emotional abuse, physical misconduct has long-term consequences on the victim’s physical and psychological health.

If you suspect a loved one is suffering physical injury at a care facility, you need the assistance of a skilled attorney with the finesse to handle nursing home abuse and neglect cases. A partner such as this will stop the mistreatment and obtain the compensation your loved one deserves.

What Is Physical Abuse of Nursing Home Residents?

The perpetrators of physical abuse of nursing home residents can be staff members, other residents, or visiting family members. Some types of physical abuse and neglect include:

  • Hitting with an object or hand
  • Pushing or shoving
  • Biting
  • Shaking, pinching, or kicking
  • Burning
  • Using restraints to confine someone as a form of convenience rather than to protect him from harm
  • Threatening or assaulting with a weapon, such as a knife or gun
  • Sexual harassment
  • Physically neglecting a resident by not providing adequate food, liquids, clothing, or sanitary conditions

Possible Signs Your Loved One Is Being Physically Abused

Unlike mental, emotional, and financial abuse, physical misconduct leaves noticeable clues. Signs you should watch for include:

  • Bruises, scratches, cuts, lacerations, and black eyes
  • Broken bones, fractures, dislocations, and sprains
  • Internal bleeding and organ damage
  • Chronic pain
  • Back, head, and neck injuries
  • Sudden and substantial weight loss
  • Cigarette and other burns
  • Dehydration and/or malnutrition
  • Bedsores
  • More frequent illnesses and infections
  • Increased health problems
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Eating disorders
  • Sudden hair or tooth loss
  • Anxiety, agitation, withdrawal from others, or depression


If you recognize any of these signs that indicate your loved one is being abused, contact an attorney as soon as possible. He can help you file a complaint with the nursing home and a claim for your family member for the compensation he or she could be entitled to. Call Morton Law Office today to schedule a free consultation to get your questions answered and learn how we can assist you.