What to Do if You See Signs of Elder Sexual Abuse

If your loved one appears distressed, talks about a sexual abuse situation, or you see physical signs of sexual abuse, contact the authorities immediately for an investigation. Take measures to protect your loved one against further abuse, such as switching nursing homes or demanding increased room security.

The state will assign a caregiver to your loved one to ask him or her a series of questions for insights into health conditions, living environment, personal relationships, and other relevant facts. If the caregiver confirms a case of elder sexual abuse, the caregiver will relocate the resident and provide treatment for any mental or physical damages.

The victim and his or her family may file a claim and fight for retribution of the physical injury, mental pain and suffering, and medical costs of the sexual abuse incident. They may be eligible to receive financial compensation. More importantly, a lawsuit will spread awareness about the dangers of that particular nursing home or facility, and it may bring a sexual predator to justice.

Ryan Fowler
Helping Kansas City area medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and personal injury clients.