If someone you love has suffered abuse or neglect at an Indiana nursing home, do you know what to do? The answer is simple: Call attorney Ken Nunn today at 1-800-CALL-KEN. I handle elder law issues in Bloomington, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, Muncie, and throughout the state of Indiana.
Nursing home abuse and neglect is a nationwide epidemic. A September 2008 study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported a troubling statistic; more than 90 percent of nursing homes violated federal health and safety standards in 2007. An even more troubling statistic is that the for-profit nursing homes were more likely to have problems than other types of facilities. About 20% of the complaints verified by federal and state authorities involved the abuse or neglect of elder patients.
Nursing home abuse and neglect may include:
- Physical abuse
- Misuse of restraints
- Verbal and emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Theft of personal property
- Disregard for the necessities of daily living and basic care
- Failure to provide medical care or to contact a physician
- Disregard for a patient’s wishes, including restricting contact with family and friends
According to the Health Care Financing Association, 91 percent of nursing homes in the United States are understaffed. This leads to insufficient attention to the needs of nursing home residents and fosters an environment of negligence and abuse. Nursing home abuse is often called the silent crime because the elderly may keep quiet about their mistreatment out of fear of repercussions.
Nursing home residents are our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and dear friends. They deserve a safe and loving environment, but many times they go forgotten or unheard. Elder rights must be protected. If you suspect someone you care about has become a victim of nursing home abuse in Indiana, don’t hesitate to inform the proper authorities. Also hire competent and experienced elder law lawyers. Everyone knows that they can call on me, Ken Nunn, and my staff in a time of need. I will fight hard to make sure that the people responsible for elder abuse, and the companies that allow it to happen, are held liable for their actions.
Contact me today for a free consultation at 1-800-CALL-KEN. I understand the special needs of nursing home residents and have the knowledge and resources to fight to obtain full and fair compensation for the victims of nursing home neglect and abuse throughout Indiana.