Nursing Home Abuse
Placing a loved one in a nursing home is never an easy decision, but we often do it so mom or dad can get the care they need. One thing you should never have to fear is a nursing home and its employees treating your loved one poorly. It is devastating for a family to hear that their loved one has been injured or killed in a place that they trusted. If that happens, you need attorneys in your corner who know how to hold negligent nursing home operators accountable for their actions.
At The Collins Law Firm, our attorneys spend every day fighting for the most vulnerable among us, who have been injured or killed by someone else's carelessness. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing the victims of neglect and abuse. We fight for you, so that your family can take the time to heal. Contact us to arrange a free initial consultation today.Frequently Asked Questions:
- How Serious a Problem is Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes?
- What are the Causes of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?
- What are the Different Types of Elder Abuse and Neglect?
- What Signs of Elder Abuse/Neglect Should You Look for?
- What Kinds of Elder Abuse Cases Does The Collins Law Firm Handle?
- How Can You Prevent Your Loved One From Becoming a Victim of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?
- What Should You Do if You Suspect or See Your Loved One Being Abused?
- How Does the Law Protect Nursing Home Residents From Abuse?
- What are Your Rights under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act?
- What are the Standards of Care Required by Law of Nursing Homes?
- Why Don’t the Elderly Report Abuse, and What Can You Do About It?
- When is It Appropriate to Sue a Nursing Home?
- Who Can Bring a Lawsuit for Elder Abuse or Neglect?
- What Can the Attorneys at The Collins Law Firm Do for You?
Elder abuse is a large and growing problem in the United States. According to recent research, about 10% of seniors experience elder abuse, with more than 2 million cases of elder abuse reported every year. The problem is even more prevalent among the elderly who live in nursing homes. Nursing home abuse occurs at every type of facility, and the statistics are shocking. Moreover, the problem continues to increase as more elderly citizens enter the system. In addition, when you consider that the elderly are the least likely demographic to report abuse, the prevalence of abuse is very likely even greater than we know. The following are some recent statistics on elder abuse at nursing homes:
- In one year alone, 25% of nursing homes were cited for causing serious injury or death.
- More than 30% of nursing homes experience some type of elder abuse.
- Only about 20% of abuse cases are reported.
- Abusers are known to the victim in 90% of cases.
- Abusers are usually staff members, fellow patients or even frequent visitors.
- It is estimated that 5,000 deaths may occur each year due to negligence or injuries suffered at nursing homes.
- Nursing home residents fall twice as much as the general senior population.
- 10% of nursing home patients suffer from bedsores.
- Almost a third of nursing homes were cited for violating federal regulations meant to protect the elderly.
- 44% of nursing home residents report some type of abuse.
- 95% of nursing home patients report neglect of themselves or other residents.
- A study reported that more than 50% of nursing home employees admitted mistreating residents within the past year.
- Almost half of all nursing home residents report being in pain over the course of a normal week, with 14% reporting moderate to severe pain.
- More than 50% of certified Nursing Assistants at nursing homes admitted yelling at, verbally abusing or using foul language with, elderly patients.
- Nearly 10% of nursing homes had violations that posed a serious risk of injury or death, or that actually did cause the death of residents.
In addition, statistics show that the size of the resident population in a long term care facility is a risk factor for elder abuse. The greater the number of residents, the greater the risk. Shockingly, nursing homes in Illinois with more than 100 patients are 39% more likely to jeopardize residents’ safety than facilities with 50-100 patients, and 127% more likely to do so than homes with less than 50 residents.