There are currently 1.4 million elderly individuals living in United States nursing homes, and the American Association for Justice reports that 90% of all residencies for the elderly are understaffed and cannot provide adequate care to residents. As a result, there were 20,673 reported cases of nursing home abuse, neglect and exploitation in the year 2003 alone.
Sadly, this is only scratching the surface on the amount of nursing home abuse situations in the United States, as only one in every 14 instances of abuse is actually reported to an authority. While nursing home patients are supposed to have around-the-clock care, the American Association for Justice speculates that each resident in a typical home only gets about 3.7 hours of actual care per fay. The recommended minimum number of hours that a resident should have of devoted attention is 4.55.
Because of this, there are many times that residents in nursing homes are forgotten by their caretakers. They can become dehydrated when they are not given anything to drink for hours or may starve without food. As well, many nursing home residents develop bed sores because they are never turned over and repositioned in their beds.
Other times they are victim to chemical or physical restraint, which are illegal methods that some nursing home staff will use in order to sedate patients and keep them from being difficult. Because many of the elderly individuals in nursing homes have mental illnesses, it is often difficult for them to determine whether or not they are being abused. Many times they are disoriented or embarrassed about their situation and won't report the abuse to an authority or a family member.
There are many different forms of abuse that can be found at nursing homes. Some of the difference offenses that you may be able to seek compensation for include:
Statistics from the California Attorney General evidence that only about one in 439 nursing homes in Los Angeles County was in total compliance with the federal standards of care for elderly resident homes in a report released back in 2001. In this same report, there was evidence to prove that only about 18 of the 288 nursing homes in Northern California's San Francisco Bay area were in compliance with health standards. As a result of these saddening findings, the California Attorney General doubled the size of the elder abuse prosecution program to fight elder abuse and neglect at the time. Still, this effort has not been able to kill all cases of nursing home abuse in the state.
If your loved one has been abused by a nursing home staff or physician, then you need to seek compensation from the parties responsible. If your loved one is mentally ill or physically infirmed, then you can seek compensation on behalf of the victim and use those finances to pay for the individual's treatment. There are also times that a nursing home abuse case will end in wrongful death.
Sometimes inattentive nurses and doctors will allow a victim to choke, fall, or experience another deadly symptom. If you want more information about this situation a dedicated and hardworking attorney at The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus can help you out. The attorneys at this firm understand that you may be struggling at present and that you need a hardworking and compassionate lawyer on your side. With over 25 years of experience, the Professional Accident Injury Network is well equipped to take on your case so call the firm at (661) 752-5905 today!