As experienced Delaware nursing home sexual abuse attorneys, the attorneys at Weik, Nitsche & Dougherty understand that sexual abuse in a nursing home setting takes many forms. It may not be as straightforward as forceful penetrative acts or fondling. It can be a case of sexual harassment where no contact occurs between the victim and the perpetrator.
We also recognize that many instances of sexual abuse in nursing homes go unreported. As with any victim of sexual abuse, an elderly victim may feel ashamed or embarrassed about the incident.
Any act of a sexual nature that occurs without one's consent constitutes a form of sexual abuse. Our elderly deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, yet nursing home residents are susceptible targets for sexual predators. Perpetrators may be nursing home employees, visitors or other residents.
If you suspect that your elderly relative is a victim of sexual abuse or any form of neglect or abuse in a nursing home, our experienced lawyers can help. Contact us as soon as possible, so we can review the facts of your case, answer your questions and begin a thorough investigation if warranted.Wilmington Nursing Home Rape Attorneys
Many forms of nursing home sexual abuse have no visible signs or distinguishing marks. Sexual abuse in nursing home settings includes:
- Forced nudity
- Pornographic picture taking or exposure to pornographic material
- Inappropriate sexual touching or fondling
- Inappropriate jokes or stories
Warning signs may include unexplained bruising in the breast, thigh or genital area, difficulty walking or sitting, or a sudden change in mood or mental status.
Immediate action should be taken in order to protect your loved one from further harm and preserve any evidence. We offer a free consultation, and if we file a lawsuit, you will not pay attorney's fees unless we obtain a financial recovery for you.
If you or someone you love has sustained injuries or loss from an instance of Delaware nursing home abuse, call Weik, Nitsche & Dougherty at 302-856-9868.