As the baby boomer generation continues to age and retire, the importance of nursing homes and assisted living facilities will grow. While nursing homes are ideal targets for sensational news stories exposing abuse, a majority of elder abuse actually takes place at home by the hands of a loved one or paid caretaker. But this type of abuse is often hard to discover, as many people are hesitant to take their loved ones to court or have them face criminal penalties for their behavior. Although most abuse happens at home, nursing homes negligence has likely been occurring since the inception of these facilities, which has left the industry with a long track record of misdeeds toward the elderly.
Those who are not able to care for their loved ones at home often put their trust and faith in nursing homes. But even the best of nursing homes can have lapses in care and, in many situations, a single negligent caregiver is all it takes for a resident to become entangled in an abusive situation.
Our firm understands that ending the abuse is just the first step on the road to recovery for those who have suffered elder abuse at the hands of their caretakers. Our firm takes our clients’ concerns to heart and we will fight for their rights to be free from abuse and to gain fair compensation for their injuries.
Regardless of the source of the abuse, there is never a valid justification for elder abuse. Filing a civil suit may be one of the quickest and most effective methods of resolving the issue of elder abuse, especially in cases in which criminal prosecution isn’t available or desired.