Nursing home negligence and abuse have unfortunately become very common in the U.S. Residential care facilities often hire employees with backgrounds that include abuse and neglect, for a job that requires them to protect patients. Abuse is also prevalent among in-patients. If you suspect the unfortunate has happened to yourself or a loved one, a nursing home abuse attorney at Petro Accident and Injury Attorneys can help protect you or your loved one from any further mistreatment.
According to Medicare & Medicaid Services / National Center on Elder Abuse: 97% of nursing homes failed to have sufficient staff to meet one or more federal staffing requirements; 44% of residents were found to have been abused in nursing homes; 95% of residents reported being neglected or have seen others neglected, and 50% of nursing home staff admitted to mistreating residents.
Nursing home facilities are entrusted with the most important people in our lives who are at the most vulnerable times in their adult lives. We expect these homes and facilities to provide both a healthy and safe environment for our family members. Unfortunately, these facilities are often cited for numerous violations. These range from insufficient staffing, incompetent staffing, failure to turn as well as re-position of residents to prevent pressure sores, unsanitary environments to abusive employees.
If you or a loved one suspects negligence or abuse, it is imperative that you retain a nursing home negligence/abuse attorney who can ensure that your loved one does not continue to be mistreated. Petro Accident and Injury Attorneys have the experience necessary to ensure you are compensated for your loved one’s damages, and that abuse and neglect are prevented from happening again.
Nursing home abuse and neglect occurs when a caregiver either intentionally or negligently causes harm to a vulnerable individual. From egregious cases of sexual and physical abuse to the disregarding of a resident’s needs for toileting, food, hydration, and medication, elder and nursing home abuse and neglect cover a wide variety of injuries and circumstances. While you may think that neglect and abuse are identical, there are some notable differences between them.
Abuse: The abuser is intentionally harming the resident, either physically, emotionally, psychologically, or financially
Neglect: The resident suffers harm due to a caregiver or facility’s failure to deliver care and services. Neglect can involve a resident’s medical needs, personal care and hygiene, social interaction, and basic needs. These claims typically focus on the legal theory of negligence.
Unfortunately, both neglect and abuse can be difficult to identify. Since nursing home patients and senior care facilities typically cater to the elderly, it can be easy to mistake abuse or neglect for just a result of old age. The following are a few commonly missed signs of mistreatment:
If you see any of these signs when observing yourself or a loved one, contact nursing home abuse attorney Mark Petro. As a knowledgeable nursing home abuse attorney, Mark will aggressively fight against negligent and abusive facilities. Contact Petro Accident and Injury Attorneys for a complimentary, 30 minute, no-obligation nursing home neglect and abuse strategy session today. A $200 value.
Experts estimate that one in ten seniors will experience neglect, physical, or emotional abuse in their lifetime. Sadly, however, much of this abuse goes unreported. Only 7% of abuse cases are reported to authorities. One survey reported that 95% of long-term care patients experienced some form of neglect.
Unfortunately, elder abuse has a profound impact on your loved ones. Their physical and emotional injuries can take years off of their life, and the stress of consistent abuse can subsequently lead to depression, anxiety, and decreased independence. It can also take a toll on their finances.
Each year, we spend billions on medical care related to injuries from nursing home abuse. If you suspect that a loved one is a victim of elder abuse, it’s important that you act quickly and investigate your concerns. A nursing home abuse lawyer can help.
If you believe your loved one is in imminent danger, you should contact law enforcement authorities immediately. The police and prosecutors can help you determine whether criminal conduct occurred and those responsible may face jail time, lose their professional licenses, and other penalties. However, none of these actions will really compensate your family member or loved one for the trauma they endured or help them rebuild. That is an elder abuse attorney’s job.
The sooner you consult with an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer, the sooner they can begin their investigation. Over time, valuable evidence may disappear — thus limiting your ability to prove your claim. This is especially true in a nursing home, where staff attrition is common and residents are at the end of their lives (and may suffer from dementia). When we handle a nursing home abuse claim, our team will take the time necessary to understand your circumstances and then quickly build an action plan that aims to protect your loved one.
Whether physical, sexual, or emotional, any type of residential care abuse should be stopped immediately. If you suspect any kind of abuse in a care facility, contact a nursing home abuse attorney at Petro immediately for a complimentary, no obligation 30 minute, nursing home abuse and neglect strategy session. A $200 value.