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How to Deal with Inappropriate Sexual Situations in a Nursing Home

The public gives enormous power and trust to nursing home caregivers. They care for our loved ones during the most vulnerable time of their lives, helping to bathe, dress, and protect their residents. Sadly, caregivers often – far more often than we know – violate this trust when they give the elders unwanted sexual attention.

We recently wrote about unreported abuse plaguing nursing homes, and how 80% of unreported nursing home abuse cases involve sexual abuse. In this post, we’d like to talk about that 80%.

Our nursing home abuse lawyers understand how difficult and scary it is to talk about, much less experience, elder sexual abuse. We’re here to help victims and families get justice.

Related: The Tragic Underreporting of Nursing Home Abuse

What is Sexual Abuse?Nursing Home Abuse

When a caregiver gives an elderly person sexual attention that he or she does not, or is unable to, consent to, it is considered sexual abuse.   

Some types of elder sexual abuse include:

  • Rape
  • Unwanted touching
  • Sexual photography
  • Forced nudity

Your Legal Options

Our nursing home injury lawyers recently secured a $1 million settlement for a client who was sexually abused by one of her caretakers.

Before being admitted to a rehabilitation home, Linda (name changed to protect client) suffered a mini-stroke. She needed help with walking and showering, so she requested a female nurse to assist her. About a month into her stay, Linda was assigned a male nurse.

The male nurse fondled Linda’s breasts and coerced her into performing oral sex on multiple occasions. After our nursing home abuse lawyers got involved, the nursing home agreed to a $1 million settlement and, in a criminal case, the male nurse pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

It’s clear to us that this facility fell short of its obligation to protect its resident from abuse. No one should be violated by a place or the people they entrusted their care to.

We Can Help You Get the Justice You Deserve

Nursing home abuse lawyers at Pintas and Mullins Law Firm are recognized as leaders in the fight against elder abuse. For the past 30 years, our firm has secured many multi-million-dollar settlements for our clients.  If you or a loved one has been the victim of sexual abuse in a nursing home, contact us today.

When you have our firm on your side, you can be confident that you have a dedicated team ready to fight for you from start to finish.

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