When one of our loved ones reaches a point where they are no longer able to care for themselves, sometimes we have to make the painful decision to seek long-term care options for them. While this is not something anyone wants to do, we know that it is often a necessary step. When we put our trust in long-term care facilities, the last thing we think about is our loved ones being abused.
If you find out that your loved one is being abused, you may need a nursing home abuse lawyer in Miami. At the Dante Law Firm, we will fight for you and your loved one. We believe everyone has the right to be treated with respect and dignity. We find it disgraceful that anyone would abuse some of our most vulnerable citizens.
Lifespans have been steadily increasing in the United States for a long time thanks to major medical innovations in the last century. The number of Americans ages 65 and over is projected to more than double from 46 million today to more than 98 million in 2060.
According to the CDC, there are nearly 16,000 nursing homes in the US today. We can be sure that number will rise with the aging population. Most of these nursing homes are “for-profit.”
Why does that matter?
Because, they may cut corners in order to enhance their bottom line.
Cutting corners in a nursing home is unacceptable. The people who reside in them are vulnerable and often unable to speak for themselves and alert anyone to abuses they are suffering. Cutting corners means inadequately trained staff, improper or missing equipment, and medications being skipped or changed.
Elder abuse consists of any abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), financial exploitation, neglect, and abandonment. The CDC defines elder abuse as an “intentional act or failure to act by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust that causes or creates a serious risk of harm to an older adult.”
There are approximately 1.4 million people in nursing homes in the US (2014, CDC). According to some studies, over 14,000 complaints about nursing homes involve abuse, gross neglect, or exploitation of the elderly.
If you suspect your loved one have been a victim of elder abuse in a nursing home setting, contact the police immediately. Ensure that reports are filed and keep all documentation, including medical records. After that, you may need a nursing home abuse lawyer in Miami. At the Dante Law Firm, you can be sure we will fight for the rights of your loved one and hold those who perpetrated the abuse accountable. Not only do we want to make sure your loved one is compensated for their injuries, but we want to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 305-949-2526 for a free consultation. Our elderly population deserves to be treated with respect, not neglect.
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