Omaha Elder Abuse Attorney

The “greying” of America is a very serious issue that is discussed on news shows on a nearly daily basis.  While the news reports are typically concerned with financial issues such as social security, what goes unmentioned is the rising number of elderly individuals who are making the move into nursing homes and other assisted living facilities.  We are living longer than ever and many families do not have the appropriate resources to care for their aging parents.  Therefore, nursing homes and assisted living facilities offer a convenient option to families who want to ensure their loved ones receive the care they need during this stage in live.  However, the knowledge that our loved ones have been subjected to ongoing abuse at the hands of their caregivers can send a wave of guilt over us for essentially placing them in harm’s way.  It is important to remember that it was not your actions, but the actions of specific workers which led to ongoing elder abuse, and these individuals should be held accountable.

Elder Abuse Facts

Elder abuse has been a long recognized problem for the last twenty years.  In 1996, studies indicated that approximately 450,000 adults over the age of 60 were victims of some form of elder abuse.[1]

Elder abuse is often broken out into two different categories: physical and psychological abuse.  Both types of abuse can either be caused by intentional or negligent behavior.  Intentional physical abuse will often lead to obvious physical harm to the elderly victim.  As a family member, you should often be on the lookout for any signs of physical abuse, including bruising.  Physical abuse may also stem from negligent caregivers who do not appropriately care for your elderly loved one.  This is often indicated through severe bed sores and related injuries.  Many caregivers will assume that family members will not be able to see physical injuries to their loved ones, especially in situations where the elderly family member is unable to communicate.  Therefore, it is often up to you to continuously observe the interactions and movements of your family member.

Psychological abuse is often the hardest to track, as it can impact your loved ones in a number of ways.  Nursing home staff may attempt to receive financial compensation from your loved ones, such as through coercing your loved one to include them in their will, requesting that your loved one co-sign on a large purchase, or even simply turning your loved one against you.  Nursing homes and assisted living facilities can appear to be a type of jail for several elderly residents, and finding a perceived “kind” ear to listen to their trials and tribulations is often what leads to ongoing psychological abuse.  It is therefore important to always stay involved in your loved one’s care.

Elder Abuse Liability

The assisted living home or nursing home should be held liable for any form of elder abuse that occurred on their facility.  While only one staff member may be responsible for the abuse, the facility has a duty to ensure their staff have been through rigorous background checks and training.  The victim of elder abuse is entitled to receive compensation for their injuries, as well as compensation to cover the psychological impact of these injuries.  A consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney will help you determine the total amount of damages your loved one is entitled to receive.

The Knowles Law Firm | Omaha, Nebraska

If your loved one has been the victim of elder abuse, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of the Knowles Law Firm.  Our attorneys have years of experience in assisting victims with recovery after instances of elder abuse.  Contact our Omaha, Nebraska office today for your initial free consultation.

[1] http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/resources/publication/docs/finalstatistics050331.pdf