Nursing home abuse is more common than most people think. Nursing home residents aren’t just at risk of being abused by staff members and caregivers, but also by other residents. This type of abuse can occur when residents share a room or interact in a common area, such as the nursing home’s dining room, lobby, library, and other shared spaces.
When residents abuse other residents, the nursing homes they live in may be liable for any injuries and damages the residents suffer. That’s because nursing homes are required to keep residents safe from preventable harm, and that includes mistreatment at the hands of other residents.
Nursing home residents who are abused by other residents often show many of the same physical and psychological symptoms as residents who are abused by caregivers. For example, they may have unexplained bruises or cuts, or they may experience pain that can reduce their mobility. They also may become fearful of being left alone or of being near the resident who abuses them.
These cases can be especially challenging when the abuser shares a room with their victim. Their victims may be afraid to speak out to caregivers, healthcare professionals, and even their own family members when they visit. Because of that, abuse can go on for months or even years before it’s discovered.
If your loved one lives in a nursing home, it’s important to always be on the lookout for signs of abuse or neglect. If you suspect your loved one is being mistreated, our Virginia nursing home abuse lawyers want to help. Contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.