Case Studies of Nursing Home Abuse

The warning signs of nursing home abuse often go undetected. If nursing home abuse occurs, you may have legal recourse.

Many families are shouldering the burden of caring for a loved one. Many families are unaware that abuse or neglect in the nursing home has injured their loved one and contributed to their decline in health.

With an aging population of baby boomers, the problem is likely to get worse.

If this happens in your family, nothing can set it right. But that does not mean that no one should be held to account. Review the case studies. Then consider your legal options. It may not take the pain away, but it does help to bring a measure of fairness into a story where fairness had so far played such a minor role.

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Dalli & Marino is familiar with major nursing homes in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. To be successful, a nursing home abuse law firm must be aware of local practices, judges and malpractice history for specific nursing homes.

To be successful at trial -- to be persuasively successful -- a firm must be experienced in the particulars of nursing home operations and applicable state law.

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Gathering evidence in today's environment requires a clear understanding of the rules, plus the possible role of electronic medical records and expert witnesses.

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Population Statistics

The 2010 census recorded the greatest number and proportion of people age 65 and older in the history of this census: 40.3 million, or 13% of the total population. 

Bigger changes are coming. According to NCEA, "By 2050, people age 65 and older are expected to comprise 20% of the total U.S. population. The fastest growing segment of American’s population consists of those 85 and up.2 In 2010, there were 5.8 million people aged 85 or older. By 2050, it is projected that there will be 19 million people aged 85 or older."

Source: National Center for Elder Abuse Administration on Aging 

Extent of Abuse

The National Center on Elder Abuse offers this sober assessment of the extent of elder abuse: "In 2000, one study interviewing 2,000 nursing home residents reported that 44% said they had been abused and 95% said they had been neglected or seen another resident neglected."

Source: Broyles, K. (2000). The silenced voice speaks out: A study of abuse and neglect of nursing home residents. A report from the Atlanta Long Term Care Ombudsman Program and Atlanta Legal Aid Society to the National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform. Atlanta, Ga: Authors

Research

NCEA-logoResearch briefs on elder and nursing home abuse are produced by the U.S. National Center on Elder Abuse Administration on Aging. 

Some recent briefs included: 

  • How at Risk for Abuse Are People with Dementia? 
  • Abuse of Residents of Long Term Care Facilities
  • Abuse of Adults with a Disability
  • Mistreatment of Latino Elders
  • Mistreatment of Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay and Transgender Elders

News / Blog

NYC Councilman Says Bipartisan Pressure Mounting for Probe of Cuomo’s “Backward” Nursing Home Order – FOX News

May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

New York City Councilman Joseph Borelli told FOX News there are now…

Young boy visiting his grandmother at a nursing home from outside a window

CMS Guidance on Coronavirus Raises Concerns About Unmet Care Needs and Poor Oversight – LTCCC

May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

COVID-19 (more commonly known as coronavirus) is a pandemic, which means that…

Residents Fear Nursing Home Legal Immunity Amid Crisis – Barron’s

May 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Advocates and attorneys for nursing home residents warn that many states –…

Two workers entering a nursing home

Nursing Home COVID-19 Reporting Rules To Be Strengthened – NPR

April 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

The federal government will now require all U.S. nursing homes to disclose…

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Four Tips For Seniors To Stay Connected During Coronavirus Outbreak – PBS

April 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Social engagement for older Americans is essential for their physical and mental…

Screenshot of news report from Spectrum Local News

New York State Health Department Not Disclosing Which Nursing Homes Have Coronavirus – Spectrum Local News

April 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The New York State Health Department will not release information about the…

Seema Verma

CMS Administrator Seema Verma Discusses Measures for Enhancing Enforcement, Sparking Concerns About Upcoming Rollbacks

April 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

On February 18, 2020, Seema Verma, the Administrator of the Centers for…

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

Petition Asks To Stop NY Mandate “That Will Kill Our Most Vulnerable Nursing Home Residents” – Change.org

April 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

A petition on Change.org is asking New York Governor Cuomo to reconsider…

Coronavirus Hits New Jersey Nursing Home That Had Already Restricted Visitation – Philadelphia Inquirer

March 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

TIM TAI / PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Three residents and two employees…

Nurse assists elderly resident in a nursing home lounge

How Do I Find A Good Nursing Home For My Elderly Parent? – Part 4

March 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Below is the fourth part in our series on some of the…