In the United States today, there are about 43.1 million people over the age of 65 — a number that will almost double by 2050, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Many of these older people will need some form of long-term care, whether in the form of a nursing home, residential care community, or other long-term care service.
Unfortunately, this growth in long-term care threatens to make our nursing home abuse problem into an epidemic. If you’re not aware that this problem exists, then consider the following statistics from the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA):
At the Law Offices of George A. Malliaros, we believe that these statistics are unacceptable and that health care facilities and workers who engage in elder abuse and nursing home malpractice need to be held accountable for their actions. If you have an older relative who you know or suspect to have been abused or neglected, we can help.
Recently, organizations like the NCEA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have managed to increase public awareness of the fact that elderly and dependent adults are especially at risk of experiencing abuse, neglect, and abandonment.
Although calling attention to the issue is an important first step, this problem continues to grow with the aging population. If you have an older relative in long-term care, you need to remain aware of the possibility of nursing home abuse.
You may be wondering about common signs and symptoms of elder abuse. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Services’ Administration on Aging:
The NCEA publishes a full list of elder abuse signs and symptoms here.
If you suspect nursing home abuse, you need to contact the police, who can put a stop to it and explore criminal charges. Immediately after that, you should look for an experienced nursing home malpractice attorney who can work to investigate the circumstances of the abuse, review the abused person’s medical records, and potentially recover damages on their behalf.
The Law Offices of George A. Malliaros is committed to upholding the quality of long-term care for seniors by taking swift and aggressive legal action against nursing homes and other health care facilities engaging in elder abuse.
If you feel that you or a loved one has been victimized by medical malpractice or other abuse at a long-term care facility, call the Law Offices of George A. Malliaros now at (978) 452-6641 or fill out our online contact form for a free initial consultation with an attorney. We believe that your financial circumstances should not determine whether you have access to justice, so we will only charge you attorney’s fees if and when we make a monetary recovery on your behalf.
Remember that the statute of limitations applies to nursing home abuse cases, so waiting to act could take away your ability to file a lawsuit. Don’t delay — contact our offices today to find about your legal rights and options.
National Center on Elder Abuse. (n.d.). Abuse of residents of long-term care facilities [research brief]. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/resources/publication/docs/ncea_ltcf_researchbrief_2013.pdf
Ortman, J.M., Velkoff, V.A., & Hogan, H. (2014, May). An aging nation: The older population in the United States (Current Population Reports, P25-1140). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/prod/2014pubs/p25-1140.pdf
What is elder abuse? (n.d.). Administration on Aging. Retrieved from http://www.aoa.gov/AoA_programs/elder_rights/EA_prevention/whatisEA.aspx