Elder Abuse Lawyer
When the trust is broken, you need Elder Abuse Attorney Jeffry Dougan
There is a tremendous amount of trust and faith that goes into one’s decision to put his or her loved one into a nursing home. You do the research. You ask for references. You look up the facility’s track record online. You visit and check everything out. But, at the end of the day, putting your loved one into a nursing home is a leap of faith and the ultimate expression of trust.
It’s that breach of trust that makes elder abuse cases one of the worst and most heartbreaking types of personal injury cases that there are.
Elder Abuse Comes in Many Forms.
Elder abuse comes in many forms. It can be physical. It can be mental. It can be financial. In the worst situations, it can be a combination of all 3. Your Denver Personal Injury Attorney has written a piece on how to recognize elder abuse. I highly encourage you to read it.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are at least 500,000 cases of reported elder abuse each year. However, according to the CDC, these statistics are likely an underestimate because many victims are unable or afraid to tell the police, family, or friends about the violence.
Nursing Homes are Using Drugs Like Mental Handcuffs.
Recently, a very sad yet infuriating report came out that stated that 39.4% of nursing home residents who had cognitive impairment and behavioral issues but no diagnosis of psychosis or related conditions received antipsychotic medications between July 2010 and September 2010. In other words, some nursing homes are using anti-psychotics as chemical restraints (which are illegal in many instances) simply to shut their residents up or control their behavior with extreme methods.
This problem has become so epidemic that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will push nursing homes to reduce their use of antipsychotic medications by 25% by 2015. This suggests that at least 1/4 persons in nursing homes who are being administered anti-psychotic medications shouldn’t be.
Have no doubt about it: if nursing homes are using chemical restraints on residents where it is medically unwarranted, this is elder abuse. Imagine being trapped in a bad dream where you scream but nothing comes out. This is the grim everyday reality that many of these residents are living in. And this is just one of the many forms that elder abuse assumes.
Let an experienced Colorado elder abuse lawyer help you.
If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected in a Colorado nursing home, please call Denver personal injury attorney Jeffry Dougan at 303-704-1222 and schedule your FREE consultation today to discuss your elder abuse case. You owe it to your loved one. You owe it to yourself.
Related: Signs of Nursing Home Neglect.