The estimated yearly numbers for elder abuse are startling, and with the generation of baby boomers growing older, unfortunately the instances of abuse are almost certain to increase.
The main purpose of a nursing home is to provide the care that an elderly and disabled person is unable to do for themselves. Patients and their families are entitled to a reasonable standard of care and when a nursing home fails to address a patient’s report of abuse or to provide the protection that a patient needs, then that patient and/or their family can hold the nursing home accountable in a court of law.
When an elderly patient in a Corinth nursing home is the victim of nursing home negligence or abuse, often the only path is to seek financial compensation for the damages caused. It is not uncommon for patients to be victims of nursing home abuse over an extended period of time since, in many cases, they are unable to speak up for themselves and the abuse goes undetected. If the nursing home has a pattern of patients being abused, those filing a lawsuit on behalf of the victim can often ask for punitive damages, which is essentially a financial judgment that is designed to encourage care centers to address the problem.
As the lifespan of Corinth residents has grown longer, there has become a need for more care centers dedicated to caring for the elderly. However, as more of these homes are established, the rate of nursing home abuse has increased, with allegations of neglect, assault and inept staff that often do not have the training or experience to properly care for residents. Nursing home neglect is a serious issue in our society today and it is important for people to be aware of it and take an active part in the care of elderly family members.