When most people envision elder abuse in a nursing home, they imagine beleaguered staff members physically abusing residents. The most common form of nursing home problems, however, take the form of negligence. If you suspect that your loved one may be suffering neglect at the hands of nursing home staff, contact Peterson Law Offices immediately.
Negligence in a nursing home includes everything from failure to turn bed-bound residents (so as to prevent pressure sores) to failure to provide basic hygiene or proper nutrition. This kind of neglect usually occurs in under-staffed nursing homes where employees are not properly trained, and often not compensated well. This basic financial fact, in itself, can lead to negligence.
Though the elderly make up an ever-increasing proportion of the population, less than one cent of each federal dollar earmarked for victim abuse goes to elderly victims. According to the National Academy on an Aging Society, a staggering 700,000 to 1.2 million elderly people each year suffer abuse and negligence. Of course, not all of these victims are in nursing homes. In fact only about 10 percent of the elderly reside in nursing homes, but that still means that 70,000 to 120,000 of those in nursing homes suffer abuse and neglect each year.
Don't let your loved ones fall victim to a poorly run and poorly funded system. If you suspect any type of Oregon nursing home negligence, contact the attorneys of Peterson Law Offices. We can advise you of your rights, as well as the most intelligent way to proceed. Call us at 503.280.0888 today to learn more.