Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
Nursing home abuse is a serious issue involving the physical injury, rape or sexual assault, improper medication, or verbal and emotional mistreatment of residents. Neglect also is a form of nursing home abuse, one that can result in serious injuries, emotional and psychological problems, preventable illnesses, and even death.
When a nursing home abuse injury or death occurs, a thorough investigation and evaluation--conducted by a personal injury attorney with direct experience handling nursing home abuse and neglect cases--is always the best way to both prove the resident was subjected to abuse and to assure the full measure of compensation. To find an experienced nursing home abuse injury lawyer to handle a claim in your area, contact the law offices of Schwartz Roller, LLP. Our personal injury lawyers and nursing home abuse injury attorneys handle hundreds of nursing home abuse cases every year and have a record of obtaining swift justice for residents who have suffered poor treatment at nursing homes, assisted living, and long-term care facilities and for their families.
What You Need to Know About Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Claims
Medical advances, health research, and population growth have all helped to create a tremendous increase in the number of U.S. nursing home residents. In 2004 (latest year for which figures are available), an estimated 1.5 million residents received nursing home care in 16,100 facilities. Most residents were aged 65 years and older (88.3%.) These residents rely completely upon the nursing home staff for their daily care, health needs, and wellbeing.
Continued growth of the elderly population is putting a strain on the assisted living, long-term care, and nursing home industry. Like any other industry, it is motivated by profit and companies that operate nursing homes and other care facilities face huge pressures to cut costs and reduce manpower in order to improve the bottom line. The consequences often include overworked employees and under-staffed departments, both of which lead to the neglect and/or abuse of nursing home residents--many of them too physically and/or mentally impaired to notify officials of their mistreatment. As a result, many instances of nursing home abuse and neglect go uninvestigated for weeks and even years.
The decision to move a loved one into a nursing home raises very real questions about how the resident will be treated at the nursing home, and if the possibility of nursing home abuse exists. Unfortunately, it is becoming an increasingly legitimate concern. The problem of abuse in nursing homes may be far more prevalent than the public generally recognizes.
Recent studies show that about one third of all nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in the country have been cited for instances of nursing home abuse and that 44 percent of nursing home residents have suffered some form of neglect or abuse. Mistreatment takes many forms from untreated bedsores and medication errors to malnutrition, dehydration, falls and other preventable accidents, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene. In addition, delayed diagnosis can result in other serious injuries and complications, including unnecessary amputation, asphyxiation, respiratory distress, incorrectly administered dialysis, and even patient death.
The good news is, however, that nursing home abuse settlements are on the rise. Nursing home abuse settlements are reached when victims of nursing home abuse, or their families, file a nursing home abuse lawsuit to recover damages.
Why You Need an Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Injury Attorney
Given the complexity of the legal and liability issues involved in nursing home abuse lawsuits and neglect claims, hiring a skilled personal injury lawyer or nursing home abuse injury attorney to investigate, litigate, negotiate, and resolve claims is especially critical. If you or a loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home or other long-term care facility, use the convenient form on this Web site to contact the personal injury attorneys at Schwartz Roller LLP and receive a free, confidential evaluation of your case.
At the national personal injury law offices of Schwartz Roller LLP, we believe the basic rights and dignity of an individual should not be ignored just because that person is in a position where he/she requires the help of others. Our nursing home abuse injury lawyers have developed a comprehensive, aggressive approach to combating indignities suffered by this vulnerable segment of our society that often avoids the lengthy process of litigation. We use local and national experts to assess each case and pursue resolution of claims as quickly as possible.
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