Representing Victims Of Rehab Center Abuse

When a person seeks help from a drug or alcohol rehabilitation center, that patient and the patient's family expects the chosen facility to do everything in their power to accommodate the patient in the most effective way possible. For many, these centers are safe havens for those in need of serious lifestyle changes.

Unfortunately, these facilities, like any medical facilities, are not infallible. In fact, recent reports have found that many patients within drug and rehabilitation centers have suffered abuse or neglect from facility employees, including sexual abuse, or being allowed to lapse and overdose during residency. More than a few such scenarios have resulted in a wrongful death. Needless to say, these types of occurrences can leave patients and their families emotionally and physically scarred.

If you have become the victim of abuse or neglect while seeking treatment, it is crucial you seek experienced legal representation. At Schimmel & Parks, APLC, we can examine your case and determine who should be held liable for any injuries and emotional distresses you've endured. At our firm, we do not take these kinds of cases lightly. Instead, we work diligently to see that our clients receive the care and attention they need immediately.

Types Of Abuse In Drug And Alcohol Rehab Centers

When facilities are underfinanced or understaffed, different types of neglect can occur. In addition, different forms of abuse can take place if facilities do not abide by ethical or safety standards. Unfortunately, because many patients are not in completely healthy states of mind during treatment, negligent and reckless employees can easily take advantage of patients.

Below is a list of common types of abuse found in rehabilitation centers:

1. Physical Forms of Abuse:

  • Hitting
  • Shoving / Pushing
  • Confinement
  • Inappropriate use of medication / drugs

2. Emotional Forms of Abuse:

  • Humiliation
  • Intimidation
  • Ignoring a patient's needs
  • Isolating a patient from others
  • Blame

3. Sexual Forms of Abuse:

  • Forcing a patient to participate in sexual activities
  • Forcing a patient to undress or act in a sexual manner
  • Inappropriate physical contact

Common Signs Of Abuse And Neglect

If you believe your family member or loved one may be a victim of abuse or neglect while seeking help in a rehabilitation facility, it is important you keep an eye out for some common signs. These include:

  • Unexplained markings / injuries
  • Restraint marks on the body
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Lack of hygiene maintenance
  • Unexplained withdrawal from communication or socialization

To learn more, or to speak with a lawyer, reach out to our firm today. You can call us at 818-922-8544 or contact us online. We're always ready to help.