Patient Abuse In Louisiana

Last updated on April 20, 2023

Anyone who is staying at a hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility is in a state of vulnerability. We trust these facilities to take care of us and our loved ones when we need their assistance. When a patient is abused, it is a tragic betrayal of that trust and the facility should be held responsible. From our offices in Shreveport and Lafayette, our team at Nelson & Hammons, Attorneys At Law, has been helping victims of patient abuse in Louisiana hold those responsible for their actions.

What Is Patient Abuse?

Patient abuse can occur in any institution where the victim is a patient, including a hospital, doctor’s office, nursing home or assisted living facility. Patient abuse can include any of the following forms of abuse:

  • Verbal
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Financial

While medical malpractice claims focus on the failure of health care professionals to provide a basic standard of care, patient abuse claims focus on intentional and harmful acts. In addition, physical abuse allegations could also lead to criminal assault or battery charges. Financial abuse allegations could lead to criminal charges of fraud. Sexual abuse allegations could lead to any number of criminal sexual misconduct charges, depending on the circumstances of the case.

Signs Of Patient Or Elder Abuse

In order to protect our vulnerable adults, the elderly or our loved ones, it is important to understand the different signs of abuse. The following can all be signs of patient abuse:

  • Frequent bruises, black eyes, welts or lacerations that can’t be explained
  • Cuts, punctures or other untreated wounds
  • Sudden and inexplicable changes in the patient’s behavior, especially anger and fear

If a patient tells you about inappropriate behaviors or abuse, listen to them and take them seriously. Warning signs of abuse can also include a caregiver’s refusal to let visitors see the patient by themselves. If you suspect any wrongdoing, one of our experienced patient abuse attorneys can help you report the abuse to the proper authorities.

Reporting Requirements For Patient Abuse In Louisiana

In the state of Louisiana, patients over the age of 60 are protected under elder abuse laws. Vulnerable adults are also protected under Louisiana laws. Under the Adult Protective Services Reporting laws, any suspicion of elder or patient abuse, including exploitation or neglect, must be reported to Louisiana Adult Protective Services.

Don’t Wait. Call Today.

If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or you suffered abuse as a patient yourself, then don’t wait – suspected abuse of vulnerable adults and the elderly must be reported. In addition, filing deadlines apply for patient abuse cases. Call us today at 318-716-7329 or send an email through our online form to schedule your free case consultation. Our lawyers will answer any questions you may have and help you figure out your next steps.