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


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

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