Baltimore Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers: Alzheimer’s and Nursing Home AbuseNovember 25, 2015
Elder abuse is one of the most prevalent, yet unrecognized, public health issues in the United States. It is estimated that between two to five million elderly Americans are victims of some form of abuse each year. Research indicates that residents of nursing homes and assisting living facilities who are suffering from Alzheimer’s or any form of dementia are particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect. According to a U.S. study conducted in 2010, nearly half (47.3%) of nursing home patients with dementia have suffered abuse at the hands of a caregiver.
Alzheimer’s – A Growing Problem
An estimated 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, a form of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. By 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to reach 7.1 million. As the population of seniors suffering from dementia grows, so does the need for proper care and support.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, meaning that once a diagnosis is made, even people who have been living alone without difficulty for years will eventually need intensive, round-the-clock care. Family members are usually the first to step in and help, but as the disease advances, they often find that they are unable to provide the kind of care their loved one needs. At this point, most are forced to make the tough decision to move their beloved family member into a nursing home facility they hope will provide quality care. Sadly, they do not always get what they are hoping for.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Elder abuse in a nursing home can come in different forms, many of which are not immediately recognizable. Moreover, patients suffering from dementia may not be able to communicate or even remember incidents of abuse by a caregiver. For this reason, family members that suspect that their loved one is being mistreated should discuss their concerns with a reputable attorney. An experienced nursing home abuse lawyer will know what signs to look for and will take immediate action to protect the patient from further abuse. At LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, we have helped families put a stop to many different types of nursing home abuse including:
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial exploitation
Maryland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Seniors Suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia
If you believe that your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, you need to take action. Contact LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton today. Our Baltimore nursing home abuse lawyers will inform you of your rights and what steps you can take to protect your family member from further harm. We will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the source and severity of abuse in order to build the strongest case possible so that you and your family can get the compensation you deserve. Call 800-547-4LAW (4529) today to schedule your free consultation with one of our compassionate and highly skilled Maryland nursing home abuse lawyers. Someone is available by phone 24 hours a day or you can contact us online. We operate on a contingent fee basis, meaning you pay nothing until we obtain maximum compensation for you.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie and Towson, allowing us to represent victims of nursing home abuse and their families throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood and Elkridge.