Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
The Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers has the knowledge and resources to fight for patients who have suffered from poor treatment at nursing homes and hospitals.
Medical advances, health research, and a growing population have helped to create a tremendous increase in our elderly population. This continued growth has put a strain on the assisted living and nursing home industry. Like any other industry, nursing homes are motivated by profit, and many times this leads to neglect and/or abuse of their residents.
Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers have decades of experience fighting for elder abuse victims and their families. We have a team of investigators, nurses, doctors, paralegals, and lawyers to assist victims and their families move forward with an elder abuse lawsuit.
Types Of Elder Abuse & Neglect Claims We Handle
- Bed Sores
- Falls & Bone Fractures
- Medication Errors
- Wrongful Death
- Aspiration Pneumonia
- Sexual Abuse
- Violation Of Rights
- Delayed Diagnosis
- Physical Elder Abuse
- Action Against Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Residential Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities
- Action Again Insurance Companies & Finical Advisors
- Fraud, Mishandling Finance and Unfair Business Practices
- Home Health Agencies
We and our co-counsel have filed and settled countless cases of abuse and neglect of the elderly residents including pressure sores, malnutrition, dehydration, and falls which cause fractures to the ankles, humerus and/or hip.
Nursing Home Abuse in the U.S.
People are facing difficult decisions about nursing homes. 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. This is, unfortunately, becoming an increasingly legitimate concern. Studies have suggested that the problem of abuse in nursing homes may be far more prevalent than the public generally recognizes. In 1986, a landmark report by the Institute of Medicine found widespread nursing home abuse.
This widespread nursing home abuse led Congress to pass comprehensive legislation in 1987 establishing new standards for nursing homes. This law requires nursing homes to “provide services and activities to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident.”
The 1987 law and the implementing regulations limit the use of physical and chemical restraints on nursing home residents. They require nursing homes to prevent pressure sores, or bed sores, which are painful wounds or bruises caused by pressure or friction, that can become infected. They also establish other health standards for nursing homes, such as requiring that residents are properly cleaned and bathed, receive appropriate medical care, and are supervised to prevent falls and accidents. The regulatory requirements are at 42 C.F.R. Part 483.
Recently, investigators have begun to examine whether nursing homes are meeting the requirements of the 1987 law and its implementing regulations. The results have not been encouraging. Certain nursing home abuse documented by the Institute of Medicine in 1986, such as the improper use of physical restraints and antipsychotic drugs, have been reduced, but health violations appear to be widespread. In a series of 1999 reports, the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), an investigative arm of Congress, found that “more than one-fourth of nursing homes had deficiencies that caused actual harm to residents or placed them at risk of death or serious injury”; that these incidents of actual harm “represented serious care issues . . . such as pressure sores, broken bones, severe weight loss, and death”; and that “[s]erious complaints alleging that nursing home residents are being harmed can remain uninvestigated for weeks or months.”
Numerous lawsuits have recently been filed regarding the employees of nursing homes inappropriately and illegally sharing photos of residents, sometimes nude photos, on social media.
A New York Times investigation has found that the current five star nursing home rating system is broken and misleading, making nursing home-related decisions even more difficult to make.
Nursing Home Resident Abuse
Abuse violations are among the most serious violations that can occur in nursing homes. The elderly and disabled residents of nursing homes cannot protect themselves from physical attack or sexual assault. Sometimes they cannot even communicate to family members that they have suffered from abuse. Residents and their families are almost entirely dependent upon nursing homes to ensure the safety of residents.
If you believe that a loved one has been abused by a nursing care facility, or suffered due to negligent treatment, call the Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers of Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers now for a free and confidential consultation. We will listen to your story and explain your options and rights. There are time limits for making a claim, therefore, contact us now by calling 1-800-718-4658, using the live chat feature, or completing the contact form on this page.
5,283 nursing homes, almost one out of every three U.S. nursing homes, were cited for an abuse violation in the two-year period from January 1, 1999, to January 1, 2001. This amounts to almost 9,000 nursing home abuse violations during this two-year period. All of these violations had at least the potential to harm nursing home residents.
Federal health and safety standards protect the vulnerable residents of nursing homes from physical, sexual, and verbal abuse. To enforce these standards, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contracts with the states to conduct annual inspections of nursing homes. These inspections assess whether nursing homes are meeting federal standards of care, including the prohibitions on abuse of residents. In addition, when individual files an abuse complaint, state inspectors are required to investigate these allegations and assess whether federal standards of care were violated by the nursing home.
- Over 2,500 of the abuse violations in the last two years were serious enough to cause actual harm to residents or to place residents in immediate jeopardy of death or serious injury.
- In total, nearly 10% of the nursing homes in the United States were cited for nursing home abuse violations that caused actual harm to residents.
- Many of these nursing home abuse violations are discovered only after the filing of a formal complaint.
The percentage of nursing homes with abuse violations is increasing. As a matter of fact, the percentage of nursing homes cited for abuse violations has increased every year since 1996. In 2000, over twice as many nursing homes were cited for abuse violations during annual inspections than were cited in 1996.
Stop Nursing Home Abuse
The best way to stop nursing home abuse is to make sure violations are adequately punished. If a loved one has been injured by nursing home abuse, or by nursing home negligence, Contact our experienced personal injury lawyers that have handled nursing home abuse cases. The personal injury lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen are experienced in nursing home abuse cases and will evaluate your nursing home abuse case at no cost to you. If we determine you have a personal injury claim, we will handle your case aggressively, and you pay absolutely nothing unless we win your personal injury case.
Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act
After years of near dormancy, the law designed for senior citizens to protect them against physical and financial abuse known as the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act is receiving attention from a small number of lawyers including the Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers. Protecting the elderly is extremely important and this includes protecting the elderly from physical abuse against nursing homes, hospitals and even from their own families.
In cases of elder abuse, we have successfully used the Elder Abuse Act against individuals and corporations to obtain compensation for the elderly and dependent adult children against physical abuse.
Should you require assistance with an Elder Abuse issue or suspect that a loved one is potentially being abused, please contact us for an immediate free evaluation of your situation. We have dealt with many of these cases and can be an invaluable resource for information and more importantly assistance.