Senior citizens and other nursing home residents across the United States are increasingly the victim of elder abuse at the hands of other facility patients. According to a study that was conducted by Cornell University recently, 20 percent of skilled nursing facility residents were involved in a fight or other altercation with another resident during the previous four-week period.
Similarly, a University of Pittsburgh study found that six percent of assisted-living facility residents were victimized by an aggressive patient, and four percent were bullied. In addition, about 13 percent of such facility residents reported being involved in a verbal argument with another resident. Patient on patient elder abuse was reportedly higher at long-term care facilities where staffing levels were lowest, administrators enjoyed a shorter tenure and less formal education, and patients with dementia or physical disabilities were living.
As the country’s population ages, frail, elderly patients may find themselves living in long-term care facilities with individuals who suffer from a variety of behavior problems. Seniors who are diagnosed with dementia, post-traumatic stress, or brain injuries often experience more difficulty with impulse control and aggressive episodes. To make matters worse, mentally ill citizens are frequently placed in residential facilities that are not fully equipped to care for them. Despite this, nursing homes in Kentucky and elsewhere have a duty to protect residents from being assaulted by both staff and other patients and to protect them from all forms of elder abuse.
Sadly, many nursing home workers are not adequately trained to deal with aggressive resident conduct. Because of this, disturbing behavior may not be reported and addressed before it escalates. In addition to obvious physical harm, long-term care residents may become the victim of unwanted sexual advances and abuse.
An elderly resident who suffers sexual, physical, or emotional abuse while residing in a Kentucky skilled nursing facility may be entitled to recover both compensatory and punitive damages from the nursing home. Since a nursing home abuse victim must file his or her lawsuit within one year from the date an injury is discovered, it is important to contact a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible after any alleged abuse is uncovered.
Victims of nursing home abuse and elder abuse do not have to suffer in silence. If your loved one was injured or wrongfully died as a result of abuse he or she endured while residing in a Kentucky nursing home, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation. Contact a capable Bowling Green personal injury attorney to discuss your case in greater detail.
The Kentucky nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP have years of experience advocating on behalf of elderly and disabled victims of nursing home abuse. To schedule a free confidential consultation with an attorney, do not hesitate to call English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP at (270) 781-6500 or contact us through our website today.
Senior care facilities mix the frail and the disturbed, by Elizabeth Simpson, The Virginian-Pilot
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