Elder abuse is on the rise across the country. According to a report released by Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee, around 30% of the nursing homes in the United States have been cited for abuse. According to this report, one out of every three nursing homes has been abusive to the elderly. These frightening statistics do not account for the many incidents of abuse that go unreported. It is important individuals fully understand how to make a complaint against a nursing home so they can make sure those who are causing the abuse or neglect are held accountable.
If a person finds they are being abused or their loved one is, it is important they report it right away. Failure to report will allow the abuse and neglect to continue and it will only likely get worse. If the abuse is criminal, a person needs to seek the police right away. Criminal charges may need to be filed but a thorough investigation will be carried out first. An official police report must be filed before the process can begin.
If mild neglect is involved, a report to the head nurse may be sufficient. A person needs to keep a careful eye on their elder loved one and visit them often to ensure their treatment has been improved. If the neglect continues, it is time for the elder to be moved to another facility where they will receive the care they need and deserve.
When problems are not cleared up by reporting a complaint, it behooves a person to seek help from a lawyer. A lawyer becomes the advocate for the neglected and abused, making sure those who abused and neglected them are held accountable.
Meeting with a lawyer is free and many work on contingency so a victim is not required to pay any fees unless they win their claim. It is important a person acts quickly, seeking legal help as soon as they learn of problems with a nursing home. Call today if you would like to discuss your claim and receive sound legal advice from a lawyer.