Frequently Asked Questions About Nursing Home Abuse
When we think of elder abuse, we often think of physical or sexual abuse. However, emotional abuse, neglect, screaming, and verbal degradation are also considered methods of abuse. One way to determine if a loved one has been abused at the hands of the nursing home or assisted living facility that has been tasked with taking care of them includes:
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Significant weight loss
- Pushing, grabbing, or striking
- New or worsening infection
- Sexual abuse
- Unexplained STDs
- Suicidal thoughts
- New or increased confusion
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
In extreme cases, elder abuse could even lead to the death of a loved one. When your elderly loved one suffers this type of treatment, you need an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer to help you fight for maximum compensation for your family.
If You Are a Victim of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect, You Are Not Alone...
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 aged 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 is reported because data from hospitals, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities is insufficient. As a result, instances of abuse could be much higher.
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:
- Untrained or inexperienced workers
- Underpaid workers
- Mismanagement of staff and facilities
- Lack of caregiver oversight and accountability
- Rogue caregivers (those who are lazy, disgruntled, or simply predators)
As experienced nursing home 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.