With the older generations living longer and longer due to advances in medicine and healthcare, our nursing homes are also getting more populated and necessary. Today, about 1.4 million adults live in nursing homes. With this number higher than ever, it is important to note that many nursing home patients are not receiving the care that they need and deserve.
By the year 2050, olderly people aged 65 and older are expected to make up over 20% of the population, the highest percentage ever. Also, there will be an estimated 19 million people aged 85 or older, an unprecedented statistic.
Abuse of the elderly in nursing homes can be a result of negligence and/or medical malpractice. According to New York State Adult Protective Services agencies, there has been an increasing trend in elder abuse reports over the past several years.
However, many incidents go unreported because the elderly do not or cannot report them. The New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study found that for every one known case, 24 were unknown. This statistic is horrifying and shows there are a lot of underlying abuse problems prevalent in the nursing home industry.
Reporting nursing home abuse is encouraged. If you witness incident where an elder experienced any sort of emotional or physical trauma or know someone dealing with negative financial exploitation when in the care of a nursing home or other caregiver, you are urged to report it to the state, and to call an attorney. Not only will reporting problems help provide elders with financial reparations for their hardships and remove them from abusive situations, but bringing elder abuse to light will help aging generations for years to come.
Here at the Law Office of Richard M. Kenny, we have a documented history of exposing the abuses that are far too prevalent in nursing homes. . The attorneys at the Law Office of Richard M. Kenny have over a combined century of experience and achieved over $100 million in verdicts and settlements to prove their success rate. Our attorneys have been tackling nursing home abuse cases since they began their careers. This is their expertise and they are here to help you get the results you deserve. Call our office today to speak to an attorney about your next steps after an accident.