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Victim of Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse?

A NURSING HOME ABUSE LAWYER CAN HELP YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONE

McAlester Nursing Home Abuse

Have you experienced nursing home neglect? Our nursing home abuse attorneys can help with your claim. Call us now.

When an Oklahoma family helps a loved one move into a nursing home, it’s because they know that they can no longer provide the skilled medical care and close personal attention their loved one needs. Family members do their best to choose nursing homes carefully. Since over 40 percent of people over the age of 65 will need nursing home care at some point, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, the decision is a critical one.

Tragically, nursing home neglect and abuse is on the rise. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), one in three nursing homes nationwide were cited for violations of federal care standards in a single recent year. Ten percent of those cited had committed violations that caused residents serious harm.

Official statistics may underreport the problem, however. In a study, 44 percent of residents report abuse, and 95 percent report nursing home neglect or seeing another patient neglected. Over 50 percent of staff admitted to abusing or neglecting at least one patient in the previous year.

Nursing home neglect and abuse cannot be ignored. If you suspect abuse or neglect, act swiftly to contact the authorities and get in touch with an experienced Oklahoma and Arkansas nursing home abuse attorney who can protect your loved one’s legal rights. Contact us today for a free consultation.

What Is Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse?

Abuse or neglect of nursing home residents can take many forms. The most common include physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, financial exploitation, and nursing home neglect.

 

  • Physical abuse may include pushing, hitting, pinching, shoving, slapping, or other physical assaults upon a nursing home resident. It might also include the improper use of restraints or medical devices in a way that deliberately inflicts unnecessary discomfort, pain, or harm. The NCEA estimates that 29 percent of all reported nursing home abuse cases involve physical abuse.
  • Sexual abuse includes any touching of a sexual nature, including groping, rape, and other forms of sexual assault. It can also include verbal harassment or blackmail in which the elderly person is threatened with worse harm if he or she does not submit to the abuser’s sexual advances. About 7 percent of all reported abuse cases involve sexual abuse, according to NCEA – but, due to its sensitive nature, sexual abuse may be the most underreported of all abuse categories.
  • Psychological abuse can be mental, emotional, or verbal. Staff who shout at residents, talk down to them, or play “head games” to demean or control them all engage in psychological abuse of those they are supposed to protect. While only 21 percent of reported abuse cases described psychological abuse, according the NCEA, 51 percent of certified nursing assistants in one study admitted to psychologically abusing residents by shouting at them or insulting them in the past year.
  • Financial exploitation, also called “financial abuse,” is a growing problem for elderly Americans. Financial abuse occurs when another person uses a nursing home resident’s money, assets, or valuables for their own gain. Stealing cash or jewelry, identity theft, filing false insurance claims, or talking an elderly person into signing away assets can all be forms of financial exploitation.
  • Neglect encompasses all situations in which a resident’s needs are ignored. It includes both physical needs like water, food, hygiene, and medication and mental and emotional needs like companionship, conversation, and support. Severe cases of nursing home abuse neglect can lead to severe injuries or even death. Neglect complaints make up about 14 percent of all nursing home complaints – but nearly all nursing home residents have seen neglect occur.
Signs of Neglect or Abuse in a Nursing Home
What to Do If you Suspect Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse
Recovering Nursing Home Abuse Compensation for Neglect Victims

If You or a Loved One are Experiencing Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse, Call a Dedicated Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Today.

An experienced Tulsa and mcalester auto accident attorney is here to provide a free case review. Contact Edwards & Patterson Law Firm now. If have experienced Tulsa or McAlester nursing home abuse resulting in injuries, call on the experienced Oklahoma and Arkansas lawyers at Edwards & Patterson Law. We offer free case evaluations with no strings attached. Call 877-761-5059 today or contact us online. Our team takes cases on a contingency basis, which means you pay no attorney’s fees unless you recover nursing home abuse compensation.

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