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The prevalence of nursing home neglect and abuse

For many Florida residents, admitting an elderly loved one into a nursing home is a big decision to make. However, those who do decide to admit their loved ones expect that they will be provided with the best care possible. However, this is not always the case.

On March 11, it was announced that an employee of a Florida nursing home allegedly assaulted a 62-year-old male patient. The 28-year-old nursing assistant was ultimately charged by the authorities with third-degree vulnerable adult abuse for the incident. Other patients have also allegedly made claims that they were abused.

While this incident brought the spotlight down on the nursing home where the alleged assault occurred, the National Center on Elder Abuse reported that these such incidents were commonplace. Though the exact numbers were not known, 95 percent of nursing home residents who were involved in a 2000 study reported that they had experienced neglect or saw another resident being neglected. Just under half of the residents reported that they had been abused. Even further, 30 percent of 5,000 nursing homes that were involved in another study received approximately 9,000 citations related to abuse between a period of two years.

When a person is reliant on someone else for their care, they are at risk for being subjected to nursing home neglect or abuse. If a family believes or has evidence that their elderly loved one is not receiving the proper care that they deserve or has suffered injuries at the hands of employees, an attorney may help them compile evidence against the nursing home and file a lawsuit. The family may use the lawsuit to seek compensation for their loved one's pain and suffering, hospital bills and punitive damages for the neglect or abuse that occurred.

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