Nursing home abuse is considered to be widespread and grossly underreported. This isn’t
just an issue in South Carolina – it’s happening all over
the United States. According to the
National Law Review, “Underreported elder abuse is a major problem in nursing homes
according to recent studies.”
National Law Review continues, “Unfortunately, nursing homes are the setting of many
cases of abuse and neglect. A recent federal audit demonstrated that nursing
home abuse is a serious problem, and some nursing homes fail to report
abuse that has happened to law enforcement agencies and families.”
We’ve seen it, and the fact that nursing home abuse is underreported
is no secret in the field of personal injury law.
Here are some of the main reasons why nursing homes and long-term care
facilities fail to report elder abuse:
- Fear of civil lawsuits
- Fear of losing business
- Fear of criminal prosecution
Unfortunately, many facilities put profits above doing the right thing
and in effect, nursing home abuse goes unchecked, and thousands of residents
every year suffer undue harm by the very people entrusted to care for
Legal Remedies Available
Do you suspect that your loved one has been neglected or abused while in
the care of nursing home staff? Are you afraid that the facility is trying
to sweep the incident under the rug? If your loved one is being neglected
or abused, you may have legal remedies available through a personal injury
lawsuit and through the criminal justice system.
If desired, a civil lawsuit can be filed simultaneously with a criminal
case against those responsible for the mistreatment of an elderly resident.
Remember, there are state laws that protect your loved one against physical
and mental abuse, and they should be utilized.
“Civil nursing home abuse and neglect claims should be promptly investigated.
This helps preserve the evidence of the abuse so that the perpetrators
and the nursing home may be held to be accountable for their actions and
failure to act,” says the
National Law Review.
If you suspect your loved one is a victim, we urge you to
contact our firm to meet with a Columbia
personal injury attorney for help!