According to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, by the year 2030, 8.9 million people will be 85 or older. This is double the amount of elderly today.
With this rise in population many will head to nursing homes for special care. However, a nursing shortage is sure to come with such an overwhelming increase in population. Neglect is the number one cause of nursing home abuse cases.
A national incidence study found that 551,011 elders over the age of 60 experienced abuse, neglect, and/or self-neglect in a one-year period. Without special attention, your loved one may experience problems such as bed sores, malnutrition, weight loss, dehydration, pneumonia, and serious blood born infections. All of these can lead to a premature death for anyone.
Our firm, Hajek, Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis and Appleton, is happy to help you or a family member to see if you have a case related to possible nursing home neglect or abuse. The insurance companies for the nursing homes fight these lawsuits and claims vigorously. It is critical to have an attorney on your side to balance the scales of justice in these nursing home files.
For more information on this subject matter, please refer to our section on Medical Malpractice.