How Can I Prove If My Loved One Has Suffered Abuse?
As with any matter involved in personal injury law, taking legal action following nursing home abuse is imperative. However, it does not come without its own complications—such as proving that your loved one did in fact suffer from abuse and that someone in a nursing home is liable.
There are numerous pieces of evidence that you need to help your case and you should know how to collect the information you need prior to filing a lawsuit. Here are some of the things you want to do before moving forward to the next step.
Take Photos When You Visit
Before you even suspect nursing home abuse, you can take photos of your loved one’s belongings, their surroundings, and more. If you suspect they have suffered physical, mental, or financial abuse in the nursing home, take further photos of bruises and sores, missing items, and any potential dangers that exist in their room.
Document Any Signs of Abuse
When an elderly loved one suffers from financial abuse, you may notice that they have changes in their statements, bank accounts, spending, and more. It’s imperative to recognize the signs of all kinds of abuse and the documentation that can come with it.
Such documentation can include:
- Bank statements showing changes in payments and spending
- Account information where the abuser may be listed as an authorized user
- Any contact between your loved one and his or her bank to determine if any changes have been made to the account
Proving financial abuse can be difficult, but it’s important to get the documentation you need to move forward.
Getting Legal Help for Your Loved One
If you are unsure of the evidence you need, you can get the help of a professional and experienced lawyer who can help you understand what to look for and how to get the information. Once you have the evidence you need, you can report the suspected nursing home abuse and the proper authorities can investigate it even further to help aid in your pursuit of justice.
Our Oregon nursing home abuse lawyers stand with you every step of the way to help you understand what comes next. Trust The Gatti Law Firm to help you when you need it most so you can pursue the outcome you need.
Call our firm today at (503) 543-1114 for a free consultation if you need to file a nursing home abuse lawsuit.