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The elderly, defined as over 65 years old, is an ever-increasing demographic which is projected to increase dramatically over the next two decades. Sadly, the statistics of abuse toward the elderly are shocking: More than 2,000,000 cases of elder abuse are reported every year, which means almost one out of every 10 elderly individuals will experience some form of elder abuse in their golden years. Despite the high abuse statistics, studies estimate a majority of elderly abuse cases go unreported, particularly because nursing homes are responsible for reporting their own issues.
More than 75,000 Ohioans lived in certified nursing care facilities as of 2016, yet Ohio has been reported as among the lowest in the nation in terms of quality of nursing home care. According to a nursing home investigative study published in Cleveland.com, approximately 31 Ohio nursing home deaths from 2013 to 2016 were due to issues of care. Care home residents’ lawyers argue the number could be far higher due to issues such as the for-profit nursing home system, lack of training, lack of authorized inspectors, and other factors. The study found that nearly 30 percent of Ohio’s 963 nursing homes had been fined $6,370,000 in just three years for instances of elderly abuse and neglect.
If you or someone you love is experiencing nursing home abuse, you should seek medical and legal help immediately. You may be entitled to take action and seek compensation for personal injury, loss, and damages. Our Canton nursing home abuse lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have been working for generations to ensure that you retain the best care and outcome for your nursing home injuries, whether they’re related to poor care, neglect, or abuse. Call us today at (330) 488-1234 or use our online contact form to reach out.
What Constitutes Nursing Home Abuse?
Elder abuse in care facilities is not limited to physical violence and neglect, which means it’s often subtle and difficult to detect. Elder abuse also includes manipulation, coercion, and financial or psychological abuse. Forced revision of wills, deeds, or trusts to compensate caregivers, loss or theft of personal property, and demands for cash withdrawals or property gifts can all constitute elder abuse.
Common types of nursing home abuse include:
- General neglect and failure to provide basic needs, such as leaving residents unattended, administering improper medications, dismissing resident complaints; failure to ensure safety and security; failure to clean them or their living spaces; and not reporting illness or injuries
- Physical abuse or violence
- Emotional, verbal, and psychological abuse
- Sexual abuse
Physical abuse often takes a much more blatant and obvious form and can have long-term and even life-threatening effects; its most extreme result is death. Physical abuse in a nursing home could include:
- Striking, hitting, or slapping
- Punching, kicking, or biting
- Pushing, grabbing, or shoving
- Restraining or confining with ties or other forms of restraint
- Using an object to cause injury
- Physical abuse can cause severe, long-term, or even life-threatening injuries to a resident. Without proper medical attention, physical abuse in a nursing home can even result in death
Signs and Effects of Nursing Home Abuse
The signs and effects of nursing home abuse can take a variety of forms, including physical and psychological. Some of the common signs an elder is experiencing abuse or neglect include:
- Changes in behavior and personality
- Bruises, welts, and black eyes
- Cuts or lacerations
- Significant weight loss
- Dehydration and malnutrition
- Chronic pain
- Increased susceptibility to infection or illness
- Anxiety and excessive fear of others
- Eating disorders
- Withdrawal and depression
- Refusal to take medication
- Fractures, broken bones, or dislocations
- Head, neck, and back injuries
Solutions to Nursing Home Abuse
Financially, the cost of treating elder abuse for severe physical injuries alone adds more than $5,000,000 to healthcare costs annually. Psychological injury treatment possibly exceeds even that. CNN reported that nursing homes are slow to investigate claims of elder abuse, or even attempt to hide them. In addition, there is a high bar for substantiation of abuse, and often allegations against caregivers are dismissed since many of the elderly victims are considered unreliable.
Experienced nursing home abuse lawyers are critical to helping you pursue compensation and justice in your nursing home or elder abuse case. KNR elder abuse attorneys have decades of experience advocating for the elderly and their families to pursue the best treatment for the elderly.
Seeking Compensation After Nursing Home Abuse
If you or a loved one have sustained nursing home abuse in any form, you may be able to open a nursing home abuse case and seek compensation for your loss or damages. Medical treatment and rehabilitation related to nursing home abuse can be long-term and incredibly costly. Our Canton nursing home abuse attorneys can guide you through every step of understanding the legal process, help you get treatment, and assist you in seeking compensation for nursing home abuse and related personal injuries.
The nursing home abuse attorneys at KNR have helped numerous Canton-area nursing home and elder abuse patients gain compensation for physical, psychological, and financial damages.
Our Canton Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Can Help You
Our skilled legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you seek compensation for nursing home abuse, personal injuries, and after-effects you sustained from nursing home negligence and abusive actions. With 11 locations throughout Ohio, we cover extensive ground and including many regions and cities in the state. In addition to nursing home abuse cases and personal injuries, our diverse team of attorneys has skills in numerous other legal areas including wrongful deaths, truck accidents, work injuries, and motorcycle accidents.