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Nursing Abuse and Neglect

Nursing home abuse can take many forms and often goes unreported, as many victims are afraid to speak out. When a parent or loved one is in a nursing home, you depend on the staff to provide the care they need.

“Many nursing home
victims are afraid to
speak out”

Unfortunately, in a setting where care giving should be paramount, nursing home abuse and neglect is on the rise. An elderly loved one may not come forward for fear of the abuse becoming worse. You want answers and accountability, not the runaround.

Nursing home abuse statistics speak for themselves:

  • One out of every eight Americans is over the age of 65.
  • 1.4 million people currently live in nursing homes in the United States.
  • There are nearly 6 million cases of elder abuse every year. *
  • In 2004, there was a 19.7 percent increase in the combined total
    of reports of elder and vulnerable adult abuse since the last survey
    was conducted in 2000. **
  • In 2003, 192,243 cases of alleged elder abuse were investigated in
    29 states. **
  • 90% of nursing homes in America have staffing levels too low to
    provide adequate care
  • Experts estimate that only 1 in 4 cases of elder abuse are reported.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect:

  • Infected bedsores or pressure ulcers
  • Unexplained injuries including:
    • Head injuries, Broken Bones or Sprains
    • Bruises or Burns
    • Cuts or Abrasions
  • Malnutrition and dehydration
  • Medication errors or overdoses
  • Substantial weight loss or gain
  • Emotional agitation or anxiety
  • Unexpected or unexplained death

Fellows Hymowitz represents the victims and families of nursing home abuse and neglect. We will advocate for the elderly, protect their rights, hold wrongdoers accountable and fight to achieve the maximum compensation for the mistreatment of a loved one.

*http://www.eadaily.com
**www.ncea.aoa.gov

If a parent or an elderly loved one has been abused or neglected at a nursing home,

Fellows Hymowitz may be able to help.