It’s a serious problem, and, unfortunately, it’s far too common. According to a study conducted by the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee, 30 percent of U.S. nursing homes, or over 5,200 facilities, have been cited for abuses.
It is beyond sad that thousands of our nation’s elderly are abused each year in the very facilities responsible for their care.
In combined verdicts our firm has recovered over $107 Million for elders tragically abused and neglected in nursing homes.
Abuse can take many forms – from emotional neglect and financial abuse to outright physical assault. Our most vulnerable elders are often the most susceptible to abuse, especially those who have dementia or other disabilities. No matter what form the abuse takes, it is illegal and needs to be stopped.
Another sad truth is that incidents of nursing home abuse often go unreported to authorities. Nursing home residents may be reluctant to complain for fear of retaliation or embarrassment. In addition, family and friends of the victim are more often than not unaware of the common signs of abuse.
It can’t be overstated: if you know the signs of abuse, you have the chance to end it. Take a look at the chart below. If you notice that your loved one exhibits any of the listed warning signs of abuse, don’t wait – take immediate action. Warning signs may include:
It happens far too often: People trust that a nursing home or an assisted living facility will care for their family member or loved one, but then abuse is suspected. If you suspect that this has happened to you, you are not alone. Every year, 1 out of every 4 nursing homes is cited for causing death or injury. This number is up from previous years, which means, unfortunately, nursing home abuse among our seniors is on the rise.
No matter what your financial circumstance, you have access to justice. Nursing home abuse lawyers will help you fight back against the abusers and get the financial compensation you and your loved one deserve.
At Sokolove Law, our attorneys have nearly 40 years of experience helping families whose loved ones have suffered from needless nursing home abuse. An experienced lawyer from our team can help you recognize the warning signs of abuse, and get the justice and compensation that your loved one deserves. Your situation is not hopeless – contact us today for a free legal consultation.