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hands-981400_1920In 2010, there were more than 40 million people over the age of 65 in the United States. These baby boomers currently represent the largest segment of our population, resulting in many of our elderly being placed in nursing homes when they are no longer able to care for themselves. Abuse and neglect may occur in these facilities; while the actual statistics on nursing home abuse and neglect are somewhat fuzzy, some feel as many as 40% of all nursing home residents are either neglected or abused in some way.

According to a study by Cornell University and the New York City Department for the Aging, the actual incidence of elder abuse is as much as 24 times greater than those cases that are referred to legal authorities or social services. A 2000 study conducted by National Center on Elder Abuse, found that more than 50% of nursing home staff admit to mistreating or neglecting patients in one way or another—a dismaying statistic.

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nursinghomeinjuryWith the number of senior citizens growing by about 20,000 every day, more people than ever have a parent, close family member, or loved one in a nursing home environment. Unfortunately, the number of elderly people who suffer injuries as the result of abuse or neglect in these facilities is also on the rise. Not only that, but the number of cases actually reported every year may be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to nursing home abuse and neglect injuries.

So what are people to do when they believe that their loved ones have been injured as the result of elder abuse or neglect? What options do you have? How can you help your elderly loved one?

Today we are going to start a two-part discussion on some essential issues surrounding eldercare abuse and neglect. As always, if you have specific questions or need legal advice, you should always speak to an experienced personal injury attorney in your area.

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When a Loved One Suffers Abuse in a Nursing Home

The idea of a loved one being abused while living in a nursing home, assisted living center, or other elder care environment is a difficult thought to deal with. As more and more Americans reach retirement age every day and the average lifespan keeps increasing, the chances that you or a family member will have to live in a nursing home are high. But, many people don’t realize that nursing home and elder abuse is a growing, and unfortunately common, problem for many seniors.

Nursing Home Elderly Abuse, Neglect & Malpractice

An elderly person who is injured in a nursing home or elder care facility can often sue that facility when its actions directly led to the harms the elderly person suffered. These types of cases are typically divided into one of three types: abuse, neglect, and malpractice.

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