Nursing Home Abuse | Types of Abuse & Filing a Lawsuit

A nursing home abuse lawsuit is a legal action taken against a nursing home for mistreatment of a resident. Most victims file civil lawsuits for compensation, though some may file criminal lawsuits for restitution. Many civil lawsuits end in settlements.

Elder abuse is not a new problem, and it’s common, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While elder abuse can occur anywhere, a growing number of nursing home residents experience abuse.

About 1.3 million Americans lived in nursing homes in 2015, according to the CDC.

Nearly 1 in 3 nursing homes were cited for violations, according to data cited by the National Center on Elder Abuse. About 1 in 10 homes had violations that caused serious injury or harm. Some of these injuries were serious enough to be life threatening.

What Constitutes Neglect In A Nursing Home?

An issue that doesn’t get enough attention in this country is elder abuse.

According to the Centers For Disease Control, more than 500,000 older adults over the age of 60 are neglected each year. And those numbers are probably low because a majority of cases likely go unreported.

Nursing home neglect is a tragic but common problem in the United States. It occurs if a nursing home doesn’t provide proper care to its residents which results in physical or mental health problems.

Concerns of Neglect in Nursing Homes

Potential neglect and prolonged isolation may have caused serious harm to many people in nursing homes in the United States during the Covid-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch said today.

Interviews with more than 60 people, as well as reports from independent monitors, revealed concerns including extreme weight loss, dehydration, untreated bedsores, inadequate hygiene, mental and physical decline, and inappropriate use of psychotropic medications among nursing home residents. Staffing shortages, a longstanding issue that was a significant problem during the pandemic, and the absence of family visitors, many of whom nursing homes rely on to help staff with essential tasks, may have contributed to possible neglect and decline. Federal and state authorities should investigate the situation and ensure accountability for abuse.

What Should You Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse?

When you’ve made the tough decision to place a loved one in a nursing home, you expect them to receive quality care. That’s what nursing homes are for, after all.

They are there to provide your loved one with a level of care that you are unable to. Fortunately, most nursing homes do this and provide excellent care to all of their residents. But, if you ever suspect nursing home abuse or neglect, you need to take action right away.

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