If you suspect that nursing home abuse is happening to someone you love, there are things you can do to put a stop to it. One of the most important things is to talk with a elder abuse lawyer who has experience with nursing home abuse cases.
Statutes of limitations–that is, the period of time after an injury or incident in which one can file a suit–vary based on the type of injury (whether physical, emotional or financial) and on the location in which the abuse or nursing home neglect took place. Federal legislation may also affect how long you and your loved one have to pursue compensation through the court system, as well as the type and amount of damages that can be awarded.
Because laws and regulations regarding nursing homes are complex and vary from state to state, it is important to consult with a nursing home abuse lawyer who has experience in dealing with nursing home cases where your loved one resides — a factor to consider if the nursing home is in another state.
Nursing Home Abuse Statistics
- 1 out of 3 nursing homes across the country have been cited for nursing home abuse and other related infractions.
- 11% of nursing homes have been cited for unnecessary dispensing of prescription drugs
- 1/4 of the aides prosecuted for abusing patients have previous criminal records and 5% of nursing home aides across the nation have criminal records.
- 1 to 2 million Americans over 65 have been abused, neglected or mistreated by their primary caregiver.
- In 1999, 5,000 death certificates of nursing home patients listed dehydration, malnutrition, starvation, or bedsores as the cause of death.
- CNN reports that just over 90% of nursing home facilities are understaffed. These staff shortages lead to increased instances of health problems, neglect, and abuse.
- Only 16% of elder abuse cases are ever reported, according to the National Elder Abuse Incident Study.