The elderly should be among the most treasured of our citizens. Up to forty percent of all adults living in the United States of America will live in a nursing home at some point in their lives. That percentage currently means over three million adults residing in nursing homes currently, with the numbers only rising as the population continues to age. These people have safeguarded our society, caring for us and providing us with the country we live in. They deserve to be honored as well as cared for, and for most seniors that holds true.
72 year-old woman mishandled by staff, resulting injuries in 2016.
However, our treasured elders are also among the most vulnerable members of society. Because of this, they can sometimes fall victim to the abuses of those who would take advantage of them. Studies show that roughly one in six nursing home residents suffer from some form of elder abuse and that victimhood increases the likelihood of the patient dying within three years of experiencing their abuse.
The elderly must be safeguarded against potential predators looking to take advantage of these vulnerable members of society. At The Law Offices of David P. Kashani, APLC, we understand how important it is to protect our elders. If you or someone you love has been the victim of nursing home abuse, contact us to learn your rights and receive advice on ways to pursue legal satisfaction.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Because of the intimate contact, a nursing home staff has with their residents, an elderly victim can be subject to a variety of potential forms of abuse. Those forms include:
- Psychological Abuse – such as shaming or humiliating a defenseless patient
- Physical Abuse – including striking and pinching as well as improper use of restraints
- Sexual Abuse – involving improper contact or attention towards those incapable of expressing consent
- Resident on Resident Abuse – allowing community members to mistreat one another
- Staff Negligence – failing to tend to the needs of a resident in a timely manner
- Financial Exploitation – taking advantage of having access to a resident’s financial details
The key to elderly abuse is making the resident and their family feel like they are helpless. That could not be further from the truth. Nursing home residents have rights, and their families have a variety of legal options at their disposal to guarantee the safety of their loved ones. That includes criminal and financial actions.
Here at The Law Offices of David P. Kashani, APLC, our team is steadfastly on your side. We will do our best to ensure that your loved one is properly cared for and, in circumstances where they have been abused, justice is meted out, and compensation is rendered.
The elderly deserve the best, and our experienced legal team will see to it that you or your family member receives the best. Contact our offices in Los Angeles, Lancaster, and Seattle right away to schedule a consultation so that we can discuss your circumstances. We can schedule appointments outside of normal business hours with advanced notice to best work with your schedule.