As the large numbers of baby boomers begin to grow older, nursing home facilities begin to get fuller. This means nursing home injuries are also becoming more and more common. Some nursing home abuse or neglect cases arise as a result of the resident’s age and condition.
However, in most cases, the reason is the predictable result of business decisions made by for-profit corporations that make millions of dollars in profits each year. Unfortunately, these poor decisions generally place profit ahead of the elderly residents that need the care, which frequently result in nursing home injuries.
Types of Nursing Home Injuries
Nursing home injuries often happen as a result of simple neglect, abuse, inadequately staffed facilities, or poorly trained employees of the facilities.
Common types of injuries include:
- Bedsores (decubitus ulcers)
- Weight loss
- Improper use of restraints
- Urinary tract infections poor physical and dental hygiene
- Mental and verbal abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Slip and fall
Some nursing home victims can’t speak. The elderly victims rely on walkers and wheelchairs to leave their beds. They have been robbed of their memories. They come to nursing homes to be cared for– not to be abused. If you notice signs of any type of nursing home abuse on your elderly loved, it is important to immediately contact authorities. You should also consult with an experience Orange County elderly abuse attorney to protect your loved one’s legal rights.
Report Nursing Home Abuse!
More than 16,000 complaints of sexual abuse have been reported since 2000 in long-term care facilities (which include both nursing homes and assisted living facilities), according to the federal data housed by the Administration for Community Living. However, agency officials warn that this outrageous figure does not even begin to capture the entire picture.
Data shows that 226 nursing homes have been cited for failing to protect residents from instances in which sexual abuse was substantiated between 2010 and 2015. Of these cases, about 60 percent resulted in monetary fines, totaling to more than $9 million. Only 16 of the nursing care facilities were permanently cut off from Medicare and Medicaid funding. Unfortunately, this number does not include assisted living facilities since the federal government only regulates nursing homes.
It is important to understand that these statistics only tell a small part of the story. Not every instance of nursing home abuse and neglect can be prevented. But if victims and their loved ones report their abuse, it can prevent victims from future abuse.
Consult with a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney in Orange County
For more information or to schedule a free consultation with an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer in Orange County, call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas today at 888.848.5084.