Nursing home abuse is a serious problem within the United States. The following takes a look at incidences of nursing home abuse and neglect, and the legal actions you can take if you suspect your loved one is the victim of abuse or neglect.
Data Hard to Come By
Measuring the number of cases of nursing home abuse and neglect that occurs every year is difficult. Statistics about nursing home abuse are rough estimates because many elders are too embarrassed, ashamed, or intimidated to report abuse. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), 90 percent of abusers (outside of nursing homes) are family members, and elderly individuals may have fears about getting the family member in trouble.
An Estimate of the Incidence of Nursing Home Abuse
The NCEA cites a study involving Lifespan of Greater Rochester Inc., Weill Cornell Medical Center and the New York City Department of Aging in 2011 that found 7.6 to 10 percent of study participants reported experiencing nursing home abuse or neglect over a one-year time period.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best estimate on elder abuse suggests that between one and two million residents of the U.S. ages 65 and older have experienced abuse, neglect, or exploitation by a caregiver.
Most Common Form of Elder Abuse
Nursing home abuse and neglect can be present in many forms.
- Physical abuse
- Financial exploitation
- Psychological abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
While the prevalence of certain types of elder abuse vary on a state-by-state basis, the study by Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc., Weill Cornell Medical Center, and NYC Dept. of Aging, illustrated that psychological abuse of elderly individuals was the most common in New York.
Nursing Home Abuse and Liability for Damages
Those who work in a nursing home have a duty to provide patients with a reasonable standard of care. When nursing home abuse or neglect occurs, it is a clear violation of that standard. If you or an elderly loved one suffered from nursing home abuse, you may take legal action to recover damages related to the abuse. This might include medical costs, emotional damages, and more.
If you have questions about nursing home abuse and your legal options, the attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC, are ready to provide you with answers. Our team is committed to making sure anyone who abuses an elderly person is held liable for these actions, and we’ll fight to uphold your rights. To begin, call us today at 215-642-2335 or fill out our contact form.