Nursing home abuse is a serious problem with a deep history going back decades. Even over 20 years ago, there were roughly 450,000 U.S. adults over the age of 60 who at some point suffered abuse in a nursing home or in-home care setting.
However, an even bigger problem is how often these incidents go unreported and the abusers are allowed to go unpunished for their actions. Here are just a few of the unfortunate statistics associated with reports of nursing home abuse.
1 Out of 14
This is the number of incidents of elder abuse that actually get attention from the proper authorities. These include self-neglect in domestic settings, but only one of every 14 incidents gets attention from state or local authorities.
1 Out of 25
When it comes to financial elder abuse, one in every 25 cases of financial exploitation incidents ever get reported. Those responsible are often stealing from the elderly through certain objects, bank accounts, credit cards, or forging documentation to become a power of attorney for the elderly.
1 to 2 Million
According to the best possible estimates on the matter, somewhere between 1 and 2 million is the total number of U.S. citizens over the age of 65 who have been abused either by being mistreated, financially exploited, or physically injured by someone who was expected to provide care.
The National Elder Abuse Incidence Study showed that only about 20 percent of those individuals who are neglected, exploited, self-neglected, or abused ever come forward with their stories. This means those responsible get away with their actions. This is not acceptable.
Our Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Hold Negligence Parties Liable
At The Gatti Law Firm, we aim to hold individuals responsible when their actions result in nursing home abuse. It’s important to report the incident and get our Oregon nursing home abuse attorneys on your side to help handle the legal matters.
Don’t become a statistic. Report nursing home abuse. Call us at (503) 543-1114 to discuss your potential rights.