There has been much done in recent years to combat verbal and physical abuse and expose those who engage in such activities. These efforts have focused on both our nation’s schools, where the dangers of bullying have become apparent, and in adult settings such as the workplace or in marital scenarios. What generally gets neglected is the extent to which the elderly share in suffering from these types of abuses, particularly in nursing homes. Nursing home abuse has been found to be widespread. In such a situation, it may be wise to contact an expert nursing home abuse lawyer at 617-787-3700.
Attempting to bring to light just how prevalent elder abuse may be, researchers at the Weill Cornell Medical College have found that 1 in 5 nursing home residents may suffer some sort of abuse while in the nursing home. While abuse from nurses and staff may indeed be an issue, the research indicates that nursing home residents are even more likely to be abused from fellow residents, roommates in particular.
A major factor for these findings is that many nursing home patients suffer from dementia, and that forcing them into a closed community or a tighter space than that to which they are accustomed may trigger such abusive behavior. The study also found that of the 64.9 million nursing home residents nationwide, 10% may suffer from elder abuse. Researchers indicated, however, that this is only based on reported cases, and the actual number may in fact be much higher.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse at a nursing home, act now and contact one of our expert nursing home abuse attorneys here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Act now and call our injury lawyer specialists at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!