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Common Elder Abuse Injuries


You've done your research in finding the right nursing home for your loved one. When you drop off your parent, grandparent or other loved one at a nursing home, you feel overwhelmed. It's a gut-wrenching decision that thousands of families have to go through.

It's hard enough to leave your loved one in the care of a nursing home. When your senior loved one suffers abuse or negligence, your family can be devastated. At The Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman, our nursing home abuse lawyers have fought for the rights of abuse and negligence victims. We have a record of getting results for victims and their families. Call (707) 575-7141 today for a free consultation with a Santa Rosa nursing home abuse attorney from our firm.


A nursing home abuse injury can range from psychological abuse to physical or sexual abuse or other types of horrific acts against a resident. If you suspect abuse or neglect, it's important to take action immediately.

After you've taken steps to protect your loved one, contact an experienced attorney to discuss our legal options. At The Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman, we have experience assisting clients facing a variety of different situations. Nursing home abuse injuries include, but are not limited to:

  • Bed sores or pressure ulcers: Bed sores, also known as pressure sores, are common signs of nursing home abuse.
  • Malnutrition: Failing to properly feed a nursing home resident, or malnutrition, sadly happens all too frequently. This may be a sign of negligence due to improper staffing.
  • Dehydration: Like malnutrition, dehydration may be a sign of improper staffing.
  • Falls:nursing home fall can happen anywhere at the facility, but sometimes occurs when a resident has wandered off without the staff knowing. A common injury is typically fractures or broken bones (broken hips)
  • Unaddressed infections: Nursing home residents typically need more medical attention. In some cases, an overworked staff may fail to address an infection that may prove to be fatal.
  • Injuries resulting in wrongful death: Many nursing home residents who face what might be a relatively minor injury for a younger person may be at risk of death. Our attorneys are prepared to fully investigate an injury resulting in a wrongful death.
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Psychological or emotional injuries (yelling, swearing, humiliating, isolating)
  • Bruises or Welts
  • Injuries stemming from sexual assault
  • Infections
  • Use of restraint injuries

Elder abuse and neglect is heartbreaking. Who imagines that their “golden years” will be marred by abuse, negligence or financial exploitation? Unfortunately, elder abuse occurs all too frequently in nursing homes, but can occur in any setting.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), elder abuse is defined as any set of abusive or neglectful behaviors toward a person aged 60 or older. Such abuse and / or neglect must be made by a caregiver or a person involved in a trusting relationship with the elder individual in order for it to be defined as elder abuse. Any of the following types of abuse / neglect can lead to serious injury for the person who was mistreated.

  • Abandonment – the intentional desertion of an elderly person by his or her caregiver, or by the person responsible for the elderly individual.
  • Financial Abuse / Exploitation – the misuse of an elderly person's resources without authorization, for the purpose of personal profit / benefit / gain.
  • Neglect – the failure of a caregiver to provide for an elderly person's basic needs (physical, emotional, and / or social), or failure of a caregiver to protect the elder from known harm.
  • Physical Abuse the injury of an elder individual through hitting, pushing, scratching, biting, etc. or the use of threats with a weapon.
  • Psychological / Emotional Abuse the exposure of an elderly individual to threats or coercion that results in trauma to the elder.

Both physically and emotionally, an elder individual can significantly suffer from the abusive and / or neglectful behaviors that a caregiver or loved one imposes on them. If you know someone who is suffering at the hands of someone they trust, then you should immediately report the issue and contact a Santa Rosa nursing home abuse attorney from The Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman. We can help you and your elderly loved one take legal action to seek compensation for pain and suffering.


If you or your loved one was injured, contact an experienced Santa Rosa elder abuse lawyer. Call (707) 575-7141. An elder abuse attorney can stand up for you and demand justice. Don't leave your family's future to chance. Take action. To find out more about how we can help you, contact The Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman today. Your consultation is free and confidential.

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