When you place an elderly loved one in a nursing home or an assisted living facility, you expect them to receive professional, ethical care. It can be both shocking and traumatic to discover that your loved one has suffered abuse and neglect, potentially leading to malnutrition, infection, bedsores, falls, and other kinds of physical harm, not to mention mental and emotional distress. Abuse and neglect can even lead to death.

The last thing you want is for someone you love to experience pain and suffering at the hands of the very people tasked with caring for them. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect are not uncommon, and it doesn’t only happen to elderly people. Unfortunately, we see cases of neglect and abuse of people in care facilities who are in much earlier stages of life but need assistance. No matter your loved one’s age, we stand ready to fight for your family.

As of 2016, the U.S. had over 15,000 nursing homes with an estimated 1.3 million residents, with nearly 70% being for-profit institutions, according to the CDC. This doesn’t include senior living or residential care communities or other similar facilities. The World Health Organization reports that of all people age 60 and over living in community settings, about 1 in 6 will suffer some form of abuse each year.

Even so, only 1 in 24 cases are reported. Because data from hospitals, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities is scant, instances of abuse could be much higher. If you suspect or discover that your elderly loved one is suffering abuse or neglect in a nursing home facility, you need to take action.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Nursing Home Abuse

Here is Everything You Need to Know to Determine How to Prevent Elder Abuse

June 15 marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day promoting an understanding of neglect and abuse that some of the most vulnerable citizens of the world suffer from daily. Sadly, five million elders in the U.S. are victims of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation each year—and this number includes only those reported. The National Committee for the… read more?

How do I get better care for a loved one who is in a nursing home?

The purpose of a care facility—assisted living, nursing home, hospital, etc—is to provide the level of help necessary for a person either to rehabilitate from an injury or surgery, or simply to reside safely on a day-to-day basis. Because these residents are all either physically and/or mentally unable to fully care for themselves, they’re especially… read more?

What should you do if you find bedsores on a bedridden patient?

ATTENTION: The presence of bedsores is often indicative of a nursing home’s neglect both in causing and failing to prevent such ulcers. As advocates for the elderly and their families, The Ruth Law Team has many years of experience handling hundreds of cases resulting from the negligence and resulting patient abuse that occurs in many nursing… read more?

Our Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Case Studies


Nursing Home Resident Attacked by Ants

Verdict for a nursing home resident attacked by fire ants in bed. Our client was covered in blisters on arm, neck, back & upper torso and was unable to get out of bed. No one came to help.

NOTE: Client may not obtain the same or similar results.

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Common Causes of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Elder abuse and neglect could take many forms, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, as well as serious neglect. It might entail screaming or verbal degradation, as well as hitting, kicking, or pushing. It could involve leaving patients unattended to the point where they’re in danger.

Signs of abuse and neglect may include:

In extreme cases, elder abuse and neglect could even lead to the death of a loved one. When your elderly loved one suffers this type of treatment, you need experienced nursing home neglect lawyers to help you fight for maximum compensation for your family.

It’s not easy to understand how someone could abuse and neglect the patients in their care, but there are a number of reasons why such occurrences are common.

Additional Causes of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

In some cases, it has to do with the fact that nursing homes are often for-profit facilities looking to minimize costs and maximize profit. Many states also have surprisingly low standards for care in such facilities. They may not adequately enforce these standards. The result can be a system that lends itself to abuse and negligence, due to issues like:

As premier elder abuse attorneys, The Ruth Law Team is committed to discovering how abuse and/or neglect occurred so we can prove a pattern of harm and try to get compensation for you and your elderly loved one.

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There’s no real way to describe the anger, sadness, frustration, or feelings of guilt that can overwhelm you when an elderly loved one suffers from nursing home abuse or neglect. Fighting medical facilities, corporate conglomerates, and/or insurance providers can be incredibly intimidating, even when you know you’re in the right.

The knowledgeable and experienced nursing home abuse attorneys at The Ruth Law Team are ready to fight for you. We know you have a lot on your plate. Trust us to do what we do best. We’ll build a strong case and utilize our considerable resources to try to get the settlement that you and your family deserve.

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