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Nursing Home Abuse: What Is a Mandatory Reporter?

By law, certain people--known as mandatory reporters--have a legal obligation to report suspected nursing home abuse and elder abuse to law enforcement authorities.

Mandatory Reporters Defined

A mandatory reporter is a professional who may have regular and ongoing contact with vulnerable adults in the course of his or her work. State laws vary, but a mandatory reporter may include:

  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Adult Protective Services employee
  • Caregiver
  • Coroner
  • Police officer
  • Social worker
  • Physical therapist

When Must a Mandatory Reporter Make a Report?

If a mandatory reporter has reasonable cause to suspect or believe a vulnerable adult, such as a nursing home resident, is the victim of physical, emotional, sexual or verbal abuse, neglect or financial exploitation, the professional must notify law enforcement officials.

The reporter will typically have to provide some basic details about the suspected abuse, including:

  • The name of the victim and his or her contact information
  • The name of the alleged perpetrator and his or her contact information
  • When the suspected abuse may have occurred
  • What evidence the reporter saw that led the reporter to suspect abuse

In most instances, mandatory reporters will have to provide their name and contact information, though reporters may request anonymity.

Find & Hire Local Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

If you or someone you love has been abused while in an assisted living facility, contact law enforcement officials and a nursing home abuse attorney immediately. For help locating lawyers in your area, call at 877-913-7222 or complete the form on this page. Our free, no-obligation service can quickly connect you with local lawyers.