Nursing home abuse and neglect can often be a hidden problem due to the inability of victims to express pain and neglect. As for the physical signs, caregivers can easily overlook them, often because many nursing homes are understaffed, with overworked nurses and care providers. Sometimes it is up to you to notice if there is anything wrong with your loved one – especially if they can’t communicate and there is no one else to watch out for them.
If you suspect a love one is being abused by nursing home staff members, you have the legal right to take action based on your suspicions. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents tend not to mention instances of abuse; they may fear that the mistreatment will get worse. Possibly it is because of a medical condition that affects their ability to communicate or to even recall recent events.
Nursing home negligence is an ongoing, serious problem. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that one nursing home patient out of 20 has been the victim of negligence and/or injury, and notes the number may be much higher. Additionally, the National Center reported that 57% of nurse’s aides working in long-term care facilities have admitted to witnessing – and some, even participating in – acts of negligence and abuse against elderly residents.
Due to limited staff and overpopulated facilities, elderly or disabled patients living in long-term care facilities often lack the attention they require. Moreover, elderly residents who require assistance to get through daily life – such as eating, bathing, walking, etc. – do not receive it. The results of this can be disastrous: debilitating falls, painful and immobilizing bedsores, malnutrition, and sometimes death.
If you feel that a loved one has been a victim of elder care abuse or neglect, you both may have valuable legal rights. Plouff Law is prepared to investigate and pursue all available civil damage remedies. Please contact us today for a free consultation on your case.