Nursing Home Negligence/Elder Abuse

Abuse in nursing homes, assisted living and personal care homes is far more prevalent than most people realize or care to admit. It is estimated that about 1-2 million U.S. Citizens 65 years of age or older have been mistreated, exploited or injured by a caregiver. This is an estimate because according to the National Center for Elder Abuse (NCEA), 84 percent of abusive situations involving older adults go unreported or unrecognized. These numbers are expected to rise as the Baby Boomers age.

When you select a nursing home for your loved one, you don't expect to have to worry about their safety. In fact, it is likely that you made the decision to have your loved one enter a nursing home to ensure their safety. Unfortunately, according to the Nursing Home Abuse Center, one-third (1/3) of government regulated nursing homes across the country have been cited for some form of abuse or neglect. This citation could be due to an occasional and isolated incident or it could be an underlying and dangerous situation at a nursing home where systemic abuse frequently takes place.

Injuries frequently occur due to understaffing and inadequately trained employees. When nursing homes and assisted living facilities try to cut corners, they fail to hire enough qualified staff members. Without enough staff to monitor residents, some of which require constant care and supervision, the facility's desire to save money can lead to serious injury and death.

Nursing home and elder abuse cases can stem from improper care being received at a nursing home, assisted living facility, hospital, personal care home, or some other type of medical care facility. Common examples of nursing home or elder abuse are:

  • Bedsores and Pressure Sores
  • Wandering off and Falling Injuries
  • Malnutrition/Dehydration
  • Medication errors
  • Sepsis
  • Physical, Sexual and Verbal Abuse

Learning that your loved one has suffered at the hands of their caretaker is an unimaginably difficult situation. We will do everything we can to pursue justice on their behalf and obtain the compensation they deserve.

If you have any questions, please contact our office. We can sit down together and review your situation. These consultations are free and we work on a contingent fee basis - which means that you do not have to pay us anything unless we obtain compensation for you.