Abuse Targeting Our Most Treasured and Vulnerable Citizens Should Never Be Tolerated
Putting your trust in a nursing home to care for a loved one can be a difficult decision. That trust should never be betrayed. Today, many institutions that provide long-term care for the elderly are owned by for-profit corporations. In an effort to maximize profits, some institutions have cut back on staff, hire less qualified workers for lower salaries or provide substandard employee training.
Every year in the United States, there are nearly 240,000 documented cases of elder abuse, many of which occur in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Thirty percent of nursing homes in the have been cited for violating federal law and the number of unreported nursing home abuse cases is thought to be far higher.
Elderly individuals are often completely dependent upon their caretakers and are vulnerable to many different types of abuse. In many occurrences, injuries and accidents that take place in nursing homes are the results of neglect and, in some instances, are caused by intentional harm. Senior citizens must always be protected against dishonest and irresponsible nursing home employees that may put their health and well-being in peril.
Usually, family members are the ones to identify and report nursing home abuse and seek legal assistance. If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect of a loved one, consult a nursing home abuse attorney immediately.
Nursing home negligence manifests itself in a variety of ways, most of which fall under two basic categories: abuse and neglect. Some of the more common examples are:
- Assault & battery
- Sexual assault
- Deprivation of food or water resulting in malnutrition
- Over- or under-dosing of medication
- Forced confinement by keeping a patient in their bed or room
- Failure to assist in personal hygiene, or in the provision of food, clothing, or shelter
- Exerting undue influence to force a patient to sell or give away personal property
- Wrongful use of Power of Attorney, Trusteeship, or Guardianship
The Nagelberg Bernard Law Group has been representing the victims of nursing home abuse and neglect for years. Our team of devoted elder abuse lawyers represent those persons who have suffered monetary loss, serious injury, personal loss and future damages due to negligence, including, but not limited to, auto accidents, dangerous and defective products, construction accidents, slip and fall accidents, medical negligence, nursing home abuse and elder neglect.
If you feel a loved one has suffered from abuse or neglect at the hands of a nursing home, don’t despair. It may seem intimidating at first, but you have the right to take on these institutions. We will work with you to hold them accountable for their actions.
Our skilled team of attorneys will investigate the facts, assess your claim, establish which parties are to be held responsible, and organize all of the details of composing and presenting your case. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect, call our law firm immediately for a free case review.