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In A Nursing Home, Elder Abuse Can Be Overlooked

Dec 25, 2007
One of the easiest places to overlook elder abuse is in a nursing home. This is largely due to the fact that elder abuse and nursing home neglect are more likely to happen in a place where there are many elderly people - and often not enough individuals available to take care of them.

While it is unfortunate that this is taking place, it is a reality, and one that will likely continue. Elder abuse can come from two specific areas. First, the people that are supposed to be taking care of the elderly person can abuse that person. Second, the other residents of the nursing home or other elder care facility can be the cause of the abuse, which often goes unnoticed by the staff. Where nursing home neglect is concerned, that is usually only the people that are charged with the duty of taking care of the elderly person.

A nursing home abuse lawyer is able to make a determination as to whether someone has a case for elder abuse. This individual can investigate the issue thoroughly if he or she feels that there might be a case, and from that point a decision can be made as to the next steps to take. People can sue and go to court, or they can try for an out of court settlement.

Either way, a nursing home negligence attorney or elder abuse lawyer is generally needed, because the intricacies of the court system are very confusing to most people. By hiring an elder abuse lawyer, a person is able to get the best compensation that he or she can for the injury that was inflicted on him or her, or a loved one.

The largest problem is not whether a person can receive compensation, however, but whether the abuse is noticed and reported. Because there are so many elderly people in care facilities, and because there are so few people to care for them in many of those same facilities, the instances of elder abuse and nursing home neglect continue to rise.

However, unless this abuse and neglect is actually seen by someone willing to report it or unless it becomes so severe that there are actual injuries that cannot be overlooked, most of the time nothing is done. Elderly people deserve respect and fair treatment, and sometimes the only way to give them that is to retain an elder abuse lawyer and fight for their rights.
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, maritime injury, and Nursing Home Abuse. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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