Perhaps you noticed unusual bruises on your mother when you recently visited her at her nursing facility. Or maybe you narrowly averted disaster by discovering a pharmaceutical error at an assisted living center. In either case, you’re likely feeling angry, confused and scared about the situation.
We trust nursing homes to protect seniors we love from harm, to ensure their wellness and to treat them with dignity and kindness.
Yet violations of such custodial duties occur horrifically often. Per the National Center on Elder Abuse:
- “One study interviewing 2,000 nursing home residents reported that 44% said they had been abused and 95% said they had been neglected or seen another resident neglected.”
- “Elders who experienced abuse, even modest abuse, had a 300% higher risk of death when compared to those who had not been abused.”
- “Only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse ever comes to the attention of authorities.”
The Diverse, Disturbing Nature of Abuse and Neglect
Elder abuse can take many forms, such as:
- Physical Abuse. An elder might suffer from pressure ulcers, dehydration or malnutrition or may be victimized by actual physical violence.
- Emotional Abuse. Caregivers can insult, yell at or routinely disrespect patients or engage in manipulative tactics, such as threatening to “cut off visits” if an elder mentions poor conditions or fails to cooperate.
- Sexual Abuse. Caregivers can violate residents, allow others to take advantage of them or fail to report allegations to authorities.
- Neglect. A resident with dementia might wander off the premises, or caregivers might forget to tend to a bedridden patient, causing that patient to develop painful bedsores, which may get infected.
What You Can Do to End the Abuse and Demand Justice for Your Loved One
The compassionate, relentless elder care attorneys at Dansky|Katz|Ringold|York are standing by to provide a strategic consultation. We can provide you and your family with the answers and clarity you need. We will help stop the pain and suffering and hold those responsible accountable.
Call us today for a free, no obligation consultation, and regain control and peace of mind.