Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing Home Abuse

Has your loved one been neglected, abused, or otherwise harmed while under care of a nursing home or long term care facility? Do you feel overwhelmed or intimidated by the prospect of confronting facility? Nursing Home abuse can take many forms. You may see an atypical bruise or laceration when you visited Dad last week. Maybe this week, there is a new bruise, cut, or malady that can’t be explained. You owe it to yourself and your family to retain the sound counsel of a highly competent attorney. The skilled personal injury attorneys at Malamut & Associates can help you.

The elderly population of this country is growing. In the United States, the 2010 Census recorded the greatest number and proportion of people age 65 and older in history: 40.3 million, or 13% of the total population. This “Boomer Generation” effect will continue for decades.[1] Between 2012 and 2050, the United States is projected to have sizable growth in its elderly population. By 2050, the population aged 65 and over is expected to reach over 83.7 million, more than double the elderly population as of 2012. The number of people in the oldest old age group, which refers to those aged 85 and over, is projected to grow from 5.9 million in 2012 to 8.9 million in 2030. In 2050, this group is projected to reach 18 million.[2] Projections estimate that among people who reach age 65, more than two-thirds will need long-term care services during their lifetime (Kemper, Komisar, & Alecxih, 2005–2006), and they have a 46% chance of spending time in a nursing home (Spillman & Lubitz, 2002).[3] These number suggest that we and our loved ones have a very good chance of utilizing a nursing home or long term care facility in our lifetimes. We must protect our beloved elderly and our future selves by being vigilant and taking action today.

At Malamut & Associates, we know the emotional pain that results when your loved one has been abused while in the care of a nursing home or long term care facility. Abuse or neglect of the elderly is not as rare as we all would hope. These situations can make families feel hopeless and scared to leave their loved ones alone. We expect that our parents, grandparents, and loved ones will at least receive adequate care and be treated with common human decency. Sadly, this is not always the case. If you feel that a loved one has been neglected, abused, or otherwise harmed while under care of a nursing home or long term care facility, we strongly encourage you to contact our experienced attorneys as soon as you become aware of the situation. We offer free consultations in person at our office in Cherry Hill, NJ, or we can come to you. Contact Malamut & Associates today to schedule your free consultation. We look forward to meeting you.

When do I take action?

Nursing homes will too often put costs and profits before basic human considerations. This can result in injuries or death to our loved ones. Below you will find a few examples of nursing home abuses that should cause alarm, and result in immediate legal representation on your loved one’s behalf.

Medical Neglect
  • Staff Neglect or Understaffing Resulting in a Lack of Monitoring
  • Mistreatment of Elderly with Alzheimer’s or Other Mental Deterioration Conditions
  • Medication Errors, Pharmaceutical Errors
  • Injuries, Death, Bed sores, Ulcers, Sepsis, Fractures, Broken Bones, Etc…
  • Slip and Falls
  • Malnutrition and/or Dehydration
  • Sexual, Emotional/Mental, or Physical Abuse
  • Hazardous or Unsanitary Conditions
  • Any time you feel a loved one is being abused or harmed in any way while under the care of a third party.
References
U.S. Dept. of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau. “The Older Population: 2010” http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-09.pdf U.S. Dept. of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau. (2014). “An Aging Nation: The Older Population in the United States” http://www.census.gov/prod/2014pubs/p25-1140.pdf Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Long-Term Care Providers and Services Users in the United States: Data From the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers, 2013–2014” http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_03/sr03_038.pdf
How Can We Help?
Contact Malamut & Associates today to schedule a consultation for us to discuss your specific situation.

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We offer free consultations in person at our Cherry Hill, NJ office, or we can come to you. All personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning that you will not pay any attorney fees at all unless we secure recovery compensation on your behalf. If we are not the appropriate firm to help you, we will offer counsel as to your best options. A representative of the firm can be reached at (856)424-1808, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We look forward to meeting you.