Nursing Home Abuse
Welcome to the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm. We are dedicated to providing you with the best there is to offer in the field of nursing home abuse and neglect law. Our experienced attorneys know how daunting a nursing home problem can be and we are here to help guide you through the process of resolving the issue. We have created this website to offer you up-to-date information about the legal issues surrounding nursing homes. To receive more detailed information please contact us so we can discuss your individual case. You can call today to speak with one of our licensed attorneys, or you can complete this simple form right now.
Nursing Home Abuse is a Growing Problem.
Each year in the United States, there are over one million reports of elder abuse by nursing home staff. This number is growing rapidly due to the expansion of the elder population in the U.S. With approximately 39.6 million people over the age of 65 residing in assisted living facilities, we cannot allow the abuse rate to grow any further. By 2030, the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) projects that the elderly population will reach roughly 72.1 million people. In order to improve the quality of care in nursing homes and protect your loved ones, it is important to be familiar with the most common types of abuse that occur. According to numerous studies conducted by the National Center for Elder Abuse, the most common type of abuse is the general neglect of basic needs.
General neglect can present itself in many ways: a lack of proper food, water, and general living amenities. This problem manifests in nursing homes where staff members demonstrate a lack of interest in the well-being of its elderly residents. The problem can also occur when nursing homes are under-staffed or care providers are overworked. Unfortunately due to budget constraints on the nursing home industry, general neglect is becoming more prevalent each day. To learn more about the specific symptoms of general neglect, please visit that portion of our site.
Intentional abuse is the second most common form of nursing home abuse. This abuse can include, but is not limited to, physical, mental, and sexual abuse. While physical abuse can be easy to spot due to visible skin injuries such as bruising, mental and sexual abuse are much harder to detect. There are many reasons why these types of abuse are difficult to discover, but you can learn more about how to deal with this problem at our intentional abuse page.
The most important thing to know about nursing home abuse and neglect is that it is unacceptable. Nursing homes are becoming an increasingly popular place for the elderly to live. The cause for the rise in the elder abuse can be attributed to many factors, but a growing population is no excuse for under-performance. Oftentimes, elderly residents or family members feel bashful about contacting an attorney or a figure of authority for help in these situations. Although the concern that conditions may worsen before they get better is legitimate, it is imperative that you take action to protect people from abuse. Bad nursing homes are a long term problem, but without the constant threat of liability, these homes will not have any incentive to perform better in the future. If you or a loved one is suffering in a nursing home facility, please at least contact us today to learn about the options you have for legal recourse.
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