Recently, our blog discussed personal injury litigation in connection with nursing home abuse. The article described potential warning signs of nursing home abuse or neglect and advised readers to report suspected abuse to nursing home administrators and the police. The reason for notifying police is that elder abuse is a crime. Nursing home abuse, as noted in the earlier blog post, can take the form of physical abuse, emotional abuse, financial abuse, and even sexual abuse. A local news reports demonstrates an example of nursing home sexual abuse after a rape was reported at a northwest Oklahoma City nursing home. According to the news report, an employee of the Windsor Hills Nursing Center in Oklahoma City reported walking in on another employee as he was raping a 78-year-old patient in the latter stages of Alzheimer's disease. The witness states that on May 30, she walked into the patient's room and saw the suspect standing over the patient. She reportedly asked him what he was doing, and he replied, "I'm sorry," and left the room. The patient, who is suffering from advanced dementia, has denied that any sexual abuse occurred. Police are awaiting the results of DNA testing following a rape exam before arresting the suspect. He has not been publicly identified by police. If a loved one has suffered abuse, rape, or sexual abuse at the hands of his or her caregivers, it is important for the family to not only notify police, but also to consult an Oklahoma nursing home abuse lawyer. In many criminal cases, compensation may be available from a personal injury lawsuit even if a criminal case is dismissed or ends in acquittal. By contacting an attorney, you will become informed about your options for obtaining financial compensation from those responsible for your loved one's suffering, and you will be able to hold accountable those whose negligence, recklessness, malice, or criminal actions contributed to the harm of your family member. Placing a family member in a skilled nursing facility is often a difficult decision. However, most people put their family members in nursing homes because the facilities are intended to provide a level of care which is not possible at home. When the facility fails to uphold its obligation to care for and protect your loved one, its staff and administration may be held financially accountable. For more information about personal injury or wrongful death litigation in these matters, contact us to speak with an experienced Oklahoma nursing home abuse attorney.