Nursing Home Abuse and Injuries
In 2010, the United States Census recorded the greatest number and proportion of people age 65 and older in all of census history: 40.3 million, or 13% of the total population, a number that is only expected to rise in the coming years. Just as people are most vulnerable when they are very young (link to: Page on Birth Injuries), people are also easier to target as abuse victims when they are too old to defend themselves. And one of the most common places for this type of abuse is the nursing homes entrusted with the safety and care of our parents and grandparents. Often underfunded and containing too few and/or poorly trained employees, many nursing homes can endanger the lives of their patients both physically and emotionally.
What is Considered Nursing Home Abuse?
Elder mistreatment in the form of abuse and neglect is defined as intentional actions that cause harm or create a serious risk of harm (even if harm is not intended) to a vulnerable elder by a caregiver. This includes the failure by a caregiver to meet the elder’s basic needs or to protect the elder from harm.
What Are The Statistics Surrounding Nursing Home Abuse?
- There are approximately 1.4 million Americans living in nursing homes.
- Adult Protective Services shows an increase in the reporting elder abuse.
- Most recent major studies reported that 7.6% to 10% of study participants experienced abuse in the prior year.
- An overwhelming number of cases of abuse, neglect, and exploitation go undetected and untreated each year.
- One study estimated that only 1 out of 14 cases of elder abuse ever comes to the attention of authorities.
- The New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study found that for every case known to programs and agencies, 24 are unknown.
- Each week The Nursing Home Complaint Center receives an average of one to two calls from family members whose loved ones died from sepsis or septic shock as a result of negligence on the part of a nursing home or rehab facility.
Personal Injury Lawyer & Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits
If you or someone you know has been the victim of nursing home abuse, you are not alone. Our experienced attorneys will take the time to listen to your story, as well as detail all of your options for filing a claim. To learn more, call us toll free at 888-902-6245 for a free consultation to discuss your case. A nursing home abuse lawyer can help you determine the best way to proceed in your claim.