Stop Elder Abuse Now: We’re Mad as Hell and Not Going to Take it Anymore
Elder abuse is shockingly common and is increasingly prevalent in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. When you decide to put your mom or dad or grandparent into a nursing home, we know that you aren’t taking the decision lightly. You want the very best care for your elderly relative and you do all your research to make the best choices.
Unfortunately, statistics show that elder abuse — an intentional action that causes harm to a vulnerable elder by a caregiver or a person in a position of trust – is happening in even the most highly rated facilities. Elder abuse, both physical and emotional, is serious problem causing injuries and deaths in New Jersey nursing homes. .
At present, there are more than three million older Americans living in nursing homes. One study of 2,000 residents reported that 44 percent had been abused and 95 percent had experienced neglect or had witnessed another resident’s neglect. These are shocking numbers,
There are several factors that increase the risk of abuse among elders:
- Being female
- Being of a more advanced age
- Having a disability
- Having Alzheimer’s disease or a form of dementia
Don’t beat yourself up if you learn that your loved one is being neglected or abused. Elders are often reluctant to report it for fear of retaliation by the nurses, aides and other caregivers. If they have dementia or another cognitive disability, they are sometimes unable to explain what’s going on and point a finger at their abuser. It is estimated that that only one in 14 elder abuse cases (seven percent) even comes to the attention of authorities.
If you are concerned that a loved one is being neglected or abused in a nursing home or other healthcare facility, you should contact a skilled nursing home abuse attorney immediately. We are on your side and will get to work immediately to protect your family member and hold the facility responsible for its misconduct. We will leave no stone unturned — including examining medical records, photographs of injuries, and taking testimony from nursing home employees and other witnesses. We will get to the bottom of what’s going on and make sure your family is fairly compensated.
Sugarman Law is horrified by these statistics. We will do everything possible to hold the negligent caregivers – whether they are at nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities or even home health aides – responsible for their failure to do their jobs. You’ve hired them to care for your elderly relative. Lawyer Barry Sugarman will fight for your family.