How big of a problem is nursing home abuse?

Abuse in nursing homes is one of the biggest problems facing our society today and it continues to get worse as it is extremely difficult to accurately detect. The detection problem stems from the fact that the majority of residents of assisted living facilities and nursing homes are the weakest members of our society. The residents of these homes get abused and no one ever finds out as they are usually lacking a voice. Having suffered injuries as a result of nursing home negligence in Chicago or the Suburbs may entitle you to thousands of dollars for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills and long term care. At the Law Office of Attorney Dan Newlin Chicago, we have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims and we will fight for you!!!

At the law Offices of Attorney Dan Newlin, Chicago, we are honored to protect and fight for victims of nursing home negligence. As the son of a Chicago Steel worker and as a former police detective, Attorney Dan Newlin understands firsthand the importance of helping the good people of Northern Illinois and Chicago recover for injuries resulting from nursing home negligence. On many occasions we find that nursing home negligence victims many times are left with more severe emotional and physical injuries then victims of other types of negligence and are also often times left with more permanent physical and emotional incapacitating injuries. Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced nursing home negligence lawyers will fight for you!

We are a local law firm, serving all of Northern Illinois with our law offices located in downtown Chicago. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced nursing home negligence attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time. Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago nursing home negligence attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims. If you have questions about your nursing home negligence case call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.

In 2007, the National Center for Health Statistics reported that an estimated 1.8 million people live in nursing homes. Compare that with the fact that over 90% of our country’s assisted living facilities and nursing homes are understaffed and thus not able to provide the adequate and necessary care for their residents. It has been said that probably between one and two million Americans 65 and older were victims at some point and had been either exploited, neglected or mistreated by someone who they depended on.

In 2003, it was estimated that less than one in 14 incidents of gross neglect and exploitation of nursing home residents got reported to authorities. These incidents go mostly unreported because many residents of nursing homes are elderly and mentally unable to report acts of abuse, irrespective of whether they were the victims of abuse or they witnessed another resident being abused. Also, it is estimated that 66% of nursing home residents suffer from some manner of Alzheimer’s disease or other cognitive disability significantly impeding their ability to care for themselves or verbalize to others if, and under what circumstances, abuse occurred. . If you have questions about your nursing home negligence case call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation.

It has been recently reported that 44% of residents of assisted living facilities or nursing homes have suffered some type of abuse. Of these same residents, 48% state that the nursing home staff has treated them aggressively. It has also been reported that 38% have witnessed another member of the home be a victim of abuse. Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago nursing home negligence attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims. Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced nursing home negligence lawyers will fight for you! No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced nursing home negligence attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.

On the other hand, it is reported that 38% of nursing home employees have actually witnessed the physical abuse of a resident, 81% witnessed verbal abuse and over 400 of the staff members questioned admitted to abusing residents themselves. 85% of nursing home staff admitted that their lack of sufficient staffing was the cause of abuse in their facility. 33% of nursing homes or other long-term care facilities have been cited for violations that had the potential to lead to abuse while 10% were cited for actual physical abuse.

Oftentimes abuse goes unreported simply because the residents fear retribution for reporting the incident. This fear is easily understood considering many nursing home residents do not have family or friends that visit them in order to ensure they are being treated properly and are not being abused.

Our aging population will soon make nursing home abuse a chronic issue if it is not already one. Also, note that despite the elderly population we are seeing the average age of residents entering nursing homes becoming younger and younger. Over the last 10 years, we have seen the number of nursing home residents under the age of 65 double, going from 7% to 14%. Also, over the same 10 years, the average age of residents at nursing homes decreased. Finally, it is estimated that the cost of living in a private nursing home will rise to $175,000 by the year 2021.

Without a doubt, nursing home abuse is prevalent and will only continue to increase, as baby boomers get older. It is a chronic problem that must be addressed in our society. This is also an economic problem as these nursing homes are big private businesses run for profit. The care of our elderly community is in the hands of an industry focused on the bottom line rather than residents’ wellbeing. The numbers are more important to big business than providing adequate and necessary services for the elderly residents. The conflicts between the need to provide proper service and care for the nursing home residents while at the same time maximizing profits will most definitely spawn more opportunity for resident abuse. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced nursing home negligence attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time

My staff and I always consider it an honor to be contacted by the people of Chicago or the Suburbs who have suffered injuries as a result of nursing home negligence, and we will always be ready to listen to all of your concerns over the damages and losses you have suffered as a result of nursing home negligence. On many occasions we find that nursing home negligence victims many times are left with more severe physical and emotional injuries then victims of other types of negligence. Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced nursing home negligence lawyers will fight for you. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced nursing home negligence attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.

Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims.

If you have questions about your nursing home negligence case call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.