When we entrust the physical and emotional well-being of our elderly loved ones to assisted-living facilities and nursing homes, we expect they will be diligently supervised with care, compassion, and respect. Sadly, this is not always the reality of the situation. If you have entrusted the care of an elderly loved one to a nursing home, and you now suspect he or she is being abused and/or neglected by facility personnel, is there any legal action you can take?
Fortunately, the answer is yes. If you suspect your loved one is being abused at their nursing home facility, you may be able to bring a lawsuit for nursing home negligence or abuse. Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law has nearly 20 years of experience handling nursing home abuse litigation. Our mission is providing our clients with thorough, aggressive, effective legal representation to ensure that justice is upheld. We will work diligently to win fair compensation for the suffering your loved ones have endured.
Nursing Home Abuse Statistics
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is more prevalent than anyone would like to consider. According to a recent study conducted by the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee, 30% of all nursing homes in the United States — more than 5,200 facilities — were involved in more than 9,000 incidents of abuse over a two-year period. According to the report, the abuse violations in a total of 1,601 cases were described as placing the residents “in immediate jeopardy of death or serious injury.”
The already high rate of nursing home abuse is on the rise. The same report determined that the percentage of nursing home facilities cited for abuse violations has increased annually since 1996 — nearly 20 years.
Most alarmingly of all, the American Association for Justice reports that 90% of all nursing homes in the United States have “staffing levels too low to provide adequate care.” In other words, 9 out of 10 American nursing homes provide inadequate care.
Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse can take many forms, including physical, emotional, sexual, and basic neglect. Regardless of how it manifests, nursing home abuse needs to be stopped the moment it is detected.
Unfortunately, such abuse is rarely reported to the appropriate authority. In fact, the American Association for Justice reports that only 1 in 14 incidents of abuse are reported to the authorities. Therefore, you need to be aware of the warning signs to make sure that your loved ones are kept healthy and safe.
Signs of Physical Abuse
- Broken Bones
- Bed Sores
- Pressure Sores (Decubitus Ulcers)
- Medication Overdose
- Head Injury/Trauma
- Broken Glasses/Frames
- Signs of Restraint (e.g. rope marks)
Signs of Neglect
- Unusual Weight Loss
- Poor Hygiene
- Soiled Bedding
Signs of Emotional Abuse
- Abuse Complaints
- Frequent Crying
- Emotional Outbursts
- Behavioral Changes
Signs of Sexual Abuse
- Breast/Genital Bruising
- Venereal Disease
- Genital Infections
- Vaginal/Anal Bleeding
- Torn/Stained/Bloody Undergarments
If you believe your loved one has been abused or is at risk of abuse, contact Ken Kieklak immediately. We are highly experienced in negotiating and litigating nursing home abuse cases, and will advocate for you and your loved ones to better your chances of receiving appropriate compensation. Ken can help you recognize the signs of abuse or neglect, and work to obtain justice and compensation for you and your family. We litigate aggressively for our clients, and don’t get paid until you do. To speak privately with a nursing home negligence attorney, call our law offices at (479) 316-0438, or contact us online.