Every year millions of families must make the difficult decision of placing their parent, grandparent, spouse, sibling or other relative in a nursing home or other care facility. For many families, this is the best way to ensure that their loved one’s medical and day-to-day needs are met.
The abuse or neglect of a loved one by nursing facility staff can feel like an enormous betrayal. When the very people you entrust with the care of your family member are responsible for your loved one’s abuse or neglect, legal action may be your best hope for justice.
Prevention is a key part of reducing abuse. Until widespread societal measures are implemented to prevent abuse and neglect in nursing home facilities, legal action against the perpetrators is the best way to take action when abuse occurs.
Patients have rights. An experienced nursing home abuse attorney like the professionals at Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD can help you get justice for your loved one.
America is getting older, increasing the need for nursing home and assisted living care. As of 2013 (the latest year for which data is available) there were more than 44 million people age 65 and older in the U.S.1 More than 40% of people over the age of 65 will require nursing home care at some point in their lives, while many others will require care in assisted living or another elder care facility.2
Sadly, millions of elderly/vulnerable Americans age 65 or older are abused in some way each year. One study found that 44% of nursing home residents reported being abused, while a shocking 95% said they had been neglected or had seen another resident neglected.3
These alarming statistics highlight how common elder abuse and neglect are in our nation’s nursing care facilities. For every case of reported abuse, many more go unreported.
Most abuse is physical in nature—such as pushing, grabbing, and shoving. Emotional abuse, financial exploitation, and sexual abuse are also common. Common signs of physical abuse include:
Signs of emotional abuse include yelling at or threatening patients, humiliation, mocking and ignoring patients, and isolating patients from other residents.
While the signs of physical abuse such as unexplained cuts, bruises, burns, and broken bones are relatively easy to identify, the signs of neglect can be more subtle. Neglect can come in many forms, including:
Awareness is one of the most powerful tools to help identify and prevent ongoing neglect in nursing home settings. Be aware of the following signs:
If your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home or other elder care facility, the nursing home abuse attorneys at Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD can help.
The experienced Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys at Marc J. Shuman & Associates are committed to upholding the quality of care in our long-term care institutions by taking swift legal action to compensate nursing home residents and their families for injuries resulting from neglect or inadequate care.
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