When medical facilities such as nursing homes and assisted care facilities fail to provide adequate medical care and to keep patients safe, the results can be catastrophic. Residents may suffer physical abuse, including sexual abuse.
At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we have extensive experience with nursing home abuse cases. Our attorneys can represent you and your loved one in sexual abuse cases against hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living and long-term/personal care facilities.
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Please schedule a free consultation with one of our elder sexual abuse victim lawyers in Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Reading, Cherry Hill, New Jersey and New York. Call us at 215-732-2260.
Attorney Jeffrey Fritz, our lead attorney for crime victims in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is a charter member and past president of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, an affiliate of the National Center for Victims of Crime.
Elder Sexual Abuse Often Goes Unreported, Making Elders Easy Targets For Perpetrators
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) describes sexual abuse as nonconsensual sexual contact. This may include unwanted or inappropriate kissing or touching, rape, sodomy, exposure to pornography, taking sexually explicit pictures, threats and sexual harassment. The abuse may be perpetrated by nursing home staff, another nursing home resident or a visitor.
Nursing homes and other facilities may fail to report abuse, and victims are often unable to report it themselves, which means elder sexual abuse incidents are most likely underreported.
- People with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other cognitive difficulties are at increased risk for abuse because they are unable to recall recent events and communicate them clearly to others.
- Victims may not be able to ask for help, making them easy targets for sexual abuse.
- If elderly residents do attempt to report abuse, too often people do not take them seriously.
In care facilities, sexual abuse is often the result of the facility’s negligence in hiring and supervising qualified staff. From failure to perform background checks to understaffing, nursing home negligence can create an environment in which residents are easy victims.
Staffing issues may also result in failure to supervise residents, failure to monitor visitors and failure to recognize the signs of sexual abuse. We can hold the facility liable for these types of negligence.