With over a million and a half Americans living in nursing homes, allegations of nursing home abuse are becoming more prominent across the country. ABC News reports that in one study, it was found that one in three elderly residents of nursing homes had been abused. The abuse may consist of inadequate medical care, neglect, malnutrition and dehydration, inadequate supervision leading to injuries, poor hygiene, as well as physical, sexual and verbal abuse.
While the issue of the abuse of the elderly, particularly those in nursing facilities, has been in the news for many years, additional incidents continue to arise on a regular basis. Over the very recent past, the following incidents have been reported:
- This month, two aides at a Chicago nursing home were accused of striking a resident, and videotaping the incident. They are facing aggravated battery and other charges. The video shows the two laughing as they struck an elderly woman.
- In February of this year, nine people were charged in connection with the death of a 72 year old nursing home resident in New York. It is alleged that a disconnected ventilator, which sounded an alarm, was ignored by nursing home employees for two hours. The woman’s family was then told she died from a heart attack. Authorities say that the charges include those related directly to the death, as well as to an attempted cover-up of the incident.
The examples cited above are merely two of many, many instances of nursing home abuse. For the families of nursing home residents, it is important to be alert for signs of abuse. This includes not only indications of physical abuse and neglect, but also signs of psychological abuse, poor hygiene, significant weight loss, changes in personality, and others. Reports indicate that only about one in every 14 cases of nursing home abuse and neglect is reported, and that as many as 90% of nursing homes lack the staffing to provide adequate care to their patients.
If you or a loved one has been neglected, injured or abused while in a nursing home or similar facility, you may be entitled to compensation for the damage that has been suffered. Contact the Hood National Law Group today. We can be reached at 1-800-214-1010 any time of the day or night.
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