Although nursing home facilities were developed with the intention of providing
elderly citizens with the level of care that they require, it seems that
some residents are being put at an increased risk of abuse. According
to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), instances of elder
abuse have risen nearly 30% over the last decade.
Some experts believe that this may have something to do with the worsening
economy, as many families have been left with limited options when placing
their loved ones under the care of a nursing home facility. Even so, there
is no excuse that can justify the rate at which elder abuse occurs in
the U.S. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse and the
Bureau of Justice Statistics, more than 5,960,000 cases are reported each year—which accounts
for 9.5% of the elderly population.
Of these cases, 58.5% involve instances of neglect, 15.7% involve physical
abuse, 12.3% involve financial exploitation, 7.3% involve emotional abuse
and 0.04% involve sexual abuse. Another reason that instances of neglect
and abuse are on the rise is that nursing homes continue to operate with
a minimal staff. In fact, it has been reported that approximately 94%
of these facilities lack an adequate number of nurses and nursing assistants
to provide a sufficient level of care.
For this reason, it is not surprising to hear that approximately 1,800
residents sustain fatal injuries in
slip and fall accidents each year, and that an additional 240,900 suffer from bedsores.
It is somewhat shocking, however, that a majority of elder abuse cases
go unreported. This means that thousands of victims across the U.S. are
silently suffering through abuse.
At Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, we think it's time to take
a stand against the prevalent problem of elder abuse. In order to do so,
we need victims to come forward about the unlawful harm that they have
suffered. If you or someone you love has been targeted under these circumstances,
we encourage you to tell us about your case today.
From there, we can get started on pursuing the level of compensation that
you deserve—as no one should have to suffer through this alone.
All you have to do is pick up the phone and
give us a call at (201) 870-1909 to get started. Your initial consultation with our Hackensack
personal injury lawyer is free, so there is no reason why you should wait
any longer to take action. We are ready to fight aggressively on your
behalf, but it is up to you to take the first step.
If you are interested in reporting an instance of abuse in Bergen County,
NJ, you can also contact adult protective services by calling at (210) 870-1909.