Washington Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

There is no excuse for elder abuse or neglect. We help victims and their families receive compensation for injuries, damages, and losses as a result of nursing home abuse and neglect.

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Although state and federal regulations are designed to protect nursing home residents, flagrant violations occur every day. Elder abuse undermines the well-being and the dignity of some of our most vulnerable citizens. We help victims, as well as their families, get the justice they deserve.

“I knew I could put my case in their highly capable hands and not have to worry or think about anything.”

– Angela Smith

What Is Nursing Home Abuse?

While nursing home neglect and abuse comes in all shapes and sizes, physical and emotional, evident and unnoticed, there are two broad categories that they generally falls within. The first category is intentional harm. Intentional harm includes the most active forms of abuse: 

 

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Exploitation

 

The second category is neglect. Neglect is often the result of nursing home companies cutting corners and understaffing, which means that a resident doesn’t get the care they were promised. Neglect includes:

  • Confinement, retraining or isolating an older adult other than for medical reasons
  • Failure to provide life’s necessities including food, clothing, shelter, or medical care
  • Denying medication, therapeutic devices or physical assistance 
  • Misuse or withholding of financial resources

Both forms of neglect and abuse can result in serious injury or even death. Nursing home abuse affects a vulnerable population and should be reported immediately.

Nursing Home Abuse Statistics

  • 3.2 million U.S. citizens lived in nursing facilities in 2009.
  • A study of 2,000 nursing facility residents indicated an abuse rate of 44 percent and a neglect rate of 95 percent.
  • Complaints of abuse, exploitation or neglect accounted for 7 percent of complaints given to Ombudsmen at long-term care facilities.

Source: https://www.nursinghomeabusecenter.com/elder-abuse/statistics/

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