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Nursing Home Abuse Statistics

Nursing Home Abuse Statistics Negligence Lawsuits

Nursing Home Abuse Statistics | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Injury, Abuse | Dehydration, Malnutrition, Starvation, Bedsores, Negligence

We need only look at nursing homes abuse statistics to understand how widespread and serious a problem nursing home negligence is in the United States.   It is known, for example, that every year, 2.1 million older Americans are victims of physical, psychological, or other forms of nursing homes abuse. For every case of nursing home injury reported to authorities, experts estimate that there may be as many as five cases not reported. 

It is easy to become overwhelmed when confronted by such grim nursing homes abuse statistics. Our nursing home injury lawyers understand that these numbers represent real people who have been denied their right to live a life free of abuse and negligence. That's why we have made it our mission to protect the rights of nursing home injury victims.

Shocking Nursing Home Negligence Statistics

One-quarter of the aides prosecuted for nursing home injury have previous criminal records and five percent of nursing home aides across the nation have criminal records.

In 1999, 5,000 death certificates of nursing home patients listed dehydration, malnutrition, starvation, or bedsores as the cause of death. These problems are red flags for nursing home negligence.

According to a recent CNN report, just over 90 percent of nursing home facilities are understaffed. Staffing shortages create an environment that is ripe for nursing home negligence and nursing home injury.

Eleven percent of nursing homes have been cited for unnecessary dispensing of prescription drugs. This is up from two percent in 1992. According to one recent study, 44 percent of nursing home residents have suffered some form of physical abuse. Forty-eight percent reported having been treated or handled roughly, while 38 percent reported having witnessed the nursing home injury inflicted on others.

Roughly 30 percent of long-term care staff had witnessed some form of nursing home negligence in the previous year. Eighty-one percent reported having seen some form of verbal, physical, or other form of nursing homes abuse over this same time period. An astonishing 40 percent admit to committing acts of nursing homes abuse at least once over the previous year.

Nursing Homes Abuse Legal Help

These nursing home injury statistics are alarming, but there is hope. We can end the epidemic of nursing home injury and nursing home negligence by insisting that those who inflict this crime on our elderly are held accountable. If someone you care for has been victimized in this way, our nursing home injury lawyers will make sure your loved receives the compensation and care they deserve or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).



 

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Nursing Home Abuse a Continuing and Difficult Problem

Oct 31, 2016
The Nursing Home neglect, abuse, or mistreatment of a resident or temporary patient can result in serious injury or pain, and in some instances, death. The National Center on elder Abuse estimates that one nursing home patient in 20 has been the victim of negligence or injury. The center reported that 57 percent of nurse's aides working in long-term care facilities have admitted to witnessing-some even participating in-acts of abuse and neglect of elderly residents. Nursing home abuse and...

British Study Shows Higher Risk for Dehydration in Nursing Home Residents

Aug 19, 2015
A recently published British study found a higher incidence of dehydration in older people in hospitals and nursing homes, who may not be getting the help they need to achieve adequate fluid intake. Older people, particularly those who are infirm, are at risk for dehydration, especially those in nursing homes or hospitals, who may require assistance drinking. Nursing home staff sometimes neglect to give people the necessary help in drinking, Nursing Times (nursingtimes.net)...

Nursing Home Employee Gets 7 years after Hidden Camera finds her Stuffing Latex Gloves in Patient's Mouth

Jan 23, 2013
A nursing home employee in Oklahoma City is facing criminal abuse charges this week after she was discovered stuffing latex gloves in the mouth of an elderly dementia patient under her care.According to a report, the family of the 96-year-old woman had suspected that someone was stealing from her room at the nursing home. They installed a hidden camera and instead of theft, what they saw instead were shocking displays of elder abuse.On separate occasions, the hidden camera recorded evidence of...

Pennsylvania nursing home employees arrested after video footage shows their abuse

Dec 17, 2012
Two former employees of a Pennsylvania nursing home have been arrested, accused of abusing at least one elderly patient at their place of employment. According to an NBC News report from Philadelphia, the abuse happened at Arbors at Buck Run, a nursing home facility in Bucks County, Pa., outside the city. The two employees of that facility accused of abuse were caught on hidden camera footage physically abusing one resident at the facility.  The video footage allegedly shows one of the...

FDA urged to act on bed rails safety

Nov 26, 2012
Hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries still aren't enough to prompt stronger warnings on the use of and dangers posed by bed rails. Bed rails are designed to keep patients safe in their beds, namely older patients in assisted-living, nursing home, and hospital settings. These rails extend along a bed. For many patients who are prone to roll out of bed for various reasons, these beds could be a life-saver but for many more people each year, they’ve become a serious health...

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