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Nursing Home Abuse is On The Rise

Dec 1, 2007
Recently, a congressional report was released stating that 1,600 U.S. nursing homes have been cited for abuse. This is nearly one third of all the nursing homes in the United States. It's a shocking reality for thousands of older Americans who spend the latter years of their life in facilities designed specifically to care for them. A nursing home abuse lawyer can help families whose loved one was the victim of abuse under the care of a nursing home.

The National Center On Elder Abuse in the United States collects data and information about residents and any instances of abuse. It is believed that the number of reported abuses will increase in the years to come, due to 50% of all facilities being under staffed. These are only the reported instances, unfortunately the majority of abuse cases go unreported. If you or a loved one has witnessed abuse, you should report it to a nursing home abuse lawyer immediately.

Even though such distressing statistics of abuse are on the rise, this epidemic remains a problem with no end in sight. With low salary packages for the staff, and a high turnover rate of staff, the problem of abuse does not look like it is going to get better anytime soon. Nursing home abuse lawyers are well aware of this fact, and remain to be the only light at the end of this tunnel.

A nursing home abuse lawyer will help determine if you or a loved one has an abuse case against a facility. These types of abuse could include: physical, sexual, emotional or psychological, neglect, and abandonment. Nursing home lawyers know that there is a case, if a patient suffers from any one of these types of abuse. These lawyers specialize in dealing with abuse all the time.

Many serious health problems and fatalities have resulted from instances of abuse. Contacting a nursing home abuse lawyer will prevent future incidents of abuse to the said patient. It is imperative that you contact a nursing home abuse lawyer, because the law limits the amount of time after a patient incurs an injury to file suit. A lawyer can help uncover the abuse and help you regain your power by protecting your legal rights.

There are lawyers who can offer legal solutions if you or a loved one has experienced abuse. It is very important that you speak to an experienced lawyer, preferably a lawyer who specializes in abuse. Contact an attorney if you have any questions concerning what can be done with your case. You or your loved one may be entitled to compensation for your damages or suffering.
About the Author
Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Fen-Phen and PPH, Paxil, Mesothelioma and Nursing Home Abuse. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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