Nursing home abuse and neglect are more common than most people realize. According to the Nursing Home Abuse Center, between 1 million and 2 million U.S. citizens aged 65 and older have suffered some form of abuse at the hands of a caregiver. Research also suggests that less than 10% of physical elder abuse incidents in domestic settings and fewer than 5% of financial exploitation claims are reported to the proper authorities.
As people are living longer, fuller lives, they deserve to be treated with respect and cared for in a comfortable environment with compassionate caregivers. Unfortunately, as the statistics above show, this isn’t the case for many seniors. If you or someone you know has experienced or is currently experiencing any form of abuse from a professional caregiver, you should report it to the authorities immediately. And if you’re considering filing suit against a nursing home for abuse or neglect, please contact Atkins and Markoff for a free consultation.