10% of Older Americans Suffer Some Sort of Abuse

New statistics indicate that elder abuse is a severe problem. A study published recently in the New England Journal Of Medicine finds that as many as 10% of older people may be subjected to abuse. The abuse can include physical, emotional, sexual, or financial abuse.

What’s worse is that the researchers believe that the 10% figure is probably just the tip of the iceberg, because many cases of elder abuse are not reported to the authorities. Only the more severe cases or cases that meet certain criteria are reported to the authorities. The researchers also speculate that elder abuse, if left to continue, actually increases the risk of senior death. At the very least, the senior may be at risk of extended medical treatment and hospitalization as a result of the abuse.

Usually, abuse comes to light when family members or doctors identify signs of maltreatment. If your loved one is currently living in a nursing home, keep your eyes open for any signs of abuse or maltreatment and neglect at the facility. Remember, a senior may be at risk of injury or death not just when he’s being abused, but even when he’s being neglected. Neglect is different from abuse, and refers to failure to turn the patient over frequently, failure to prevent bed sores, failure to maintain sanitary conditions, failure to provide adequate nutritious food and failure to provide medications on time.

If you spot signs of nursing home abuse, let the authorities immediately. Get in touch with the nursing home management or supervisors, and demand an explanation for the injuries. It’s also important to get in touch with a nursing home abuse lawyer in Denver, and establish your next course of action. You must protect your loved one’s right to dignity, safety and health, and must also protect his right to financial compensation for his suffering. Talk to a nursing home abuse lawyer in Denver today.

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.