Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Is A Crime
Families often place elder loved ones in nursing homes so they can be given the care they need and the attention they deserve. But sadly, each year in the United States there are over one million reports of elder abuse by nursing home staff. This number is growing rapidly due to the growth of the U.S. elderly population with approximately 34 million people over the age of 65 needing assisted living services such as that of nursing homes. The issue is so widespread that legislatures in all 50 states have passed some form of elder abuse prevention laws. Nursing home abuse is not always reported because the resident fears the consequences. In many cases, the elderly individuals being abused have to rely on the abusers and therefore do not want to accuse the abusers or the nursing homes.
The Pain Of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home neglect and abuse can result in wrongful death, broken bones, bruising, malnutrition, dehydration, or infections from untreated bedsores (Bedsores are ulcers caused by a constant amount of pressure on a specific area of the body. If left untreated, these sores can develop ulcers that reach the muscle, bone or tendon). The trauma suffered due to such mistreatment can be life threatening.
Most types of personal injury cases due to nursing home neglect are easily preventable, but reversing the damage becomes increasingly difficult if untreated. Cases of negligence or misconduct on the part of nursing aides, medical providers and nursing homes are increasing in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as they are throughout the United States.
To determine whether or not you have a nursing home negligence case please contact us by filling our online form or contact us by phone at 888-243-4326. If you have additional questions please utilize the free information center provided by the American Justice Network.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How common is elder abuse?
A: Roughly one million senior citizens are victimized each year.
Q: What are the most common causes of elder abuse?
A: While the majority of victims that you may read about online or see on the news are dealing with elder care facilities, almost 90% of elder abuse and elder neglect involve a family member, two-thirds of which are children or spouses.
Q: Are there tell tale signs of elder abuse?
A: There are plenty of signs and symptoms you should look for including loss of weight, bed sores, dehydration and poor hygiene.
Q: How much will it cost me to file a nursing home neglect lawsuit?
A: Most law firms that specialize in elder abuse cases work on a contingency basis so you only need to pay lawyer fees if you win the case. With that said if a nursing home neglect case goes to trial it can cost upwards of $150,000 so the earlier the settlement the better.
Q: Can we settle out of court to avoid trial costs?
A: Yes, in our experience about 85-90 percent of all elder abuse and nursing home neglect cases are settled out of court.