Questions about Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

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How prevalent is nursing home abuse and neglect?

Statistics show that many nursing home residents experience some form or verbal, physical, sexual, or financial nursing home abuse. Keep in mind that this statistic only represents cases of abuse that have actually been reported to authorities. Some estimates suggest that only 10 to 20% of elder abuse cases are ever reported. This means that nursing home abuse and neglect is far more prevalent than current statistics indicate.

Why do so many cases of abuse and neglect go unreported?

There are several possible reasons for this. Many nursing home residents suffer from cognitive disabilities such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease which prevent them from either 1) understanding that abuse is occurring, or 2) being able to communicate that some form of abuse has occurred. Residents who are otherwise able-minded enough to recognize and communicate the abuse often choose not to file a complaint out of fear or embarrassment. 3) Fear of more abuse. For these reasons, it is crucial that friends and family visit their loved ones often and know what signs of abuse and neglect to look for.

If a loved one has been the victim of abuse in a nursing home, what should I do?

As a nursing home resident or family member of a nursing home resident, you have the right to seek legal representation from anyone you wish. We strongly encourage you to contact our attorneys and set up a free case evaluation to explore your legal remedies. Our attorneys are also doctors who understand the intricacies of nursing home abuse and neglect from both the legal and medical perspectives.

If I suspect that abuse is occurring but have no hard evidence, what should I do?

Consult with an experienced nursing home abuse and neglect attorney right away, whether you have any hard evidence or not. Our attorneys know what to look for and know how to gather evidence to prove that abuse or neglect is occurring, if it indeed is.

What is being done to decrease the number of incidents of nursing home abuse and neglect?

Although federal and state regulations are in place to protect the rights, health and safety of nursing home residents, abuse and neglect continues to be a widespread problem. Educating nursing home residents and the general public about nursing home abuse and neglect is perhaps the best tool we have. An educated public can put pressure on legislators and long-term care providers to help ensure that standards of care are maintained.

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