Nursing homes have a legal obligation to protect residents and provide a certain standard of care to the people who live in these facilities. Sadly, some nursing homes fail in this duty, and the results are injuries and other complications for innocent patients.

If you placed your loved one in a Missouri nursing home, you likely had the expectation that he or she would receive proper care and medical support. It can be devastating to learn that your loved one suffered from medical errors, neglect or abuse, but you do not have to deal with these issues on your own. You may have a valid reason to move forward with a civil claim on behalf of your loved one. 

What counts as abuse in a nursing home?

There are various types of abuse. In fact, some of the most common types of abuse do not leave scars or physical signs at all. If you suspect that your loved one suffered from mistreatment at the hands of nursing home staff, it can be helpful to understand the most common types of abuse seen at these types of institutions, including:

  • Mental abuse: This can include verbal abuse, withholding information, keeping mail from the patient and bullying.
  • Sexual abuse: Nursing home residents can face inappropriate touching and other offensive sexual advances.
  • Physical abuse: This can include hitting, pushing or leaving residents without help in their beds.
  • Financial abuse: This happens when staff take money or coerce residents into giving them money.
  • Neglectful behavior: This type of abuse happens when the people responsible for providing care do not do so. This often leads to health complications.

Proving that your loved one suffered because of the actions of nursing home staff can be complicated, but you do not have to walk through this process alone.

Seeking the compensation your loved one deserves

You may feel helpless and angry to learn that your loved one suffered abuse from the people responsible for providing qualified medical care and physical support. A complete evaluation into the situation can determine what evidence is available and the legal options that are available to you.

If your loved one suffered, you have the right to seek compensation through a civil claim on his or her behalf. You may be able to claim recompense for medical expenses and other losses, as well as restitution for his or her pain and suffering.