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Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect • Help When You Need It Most

Compassionate Washington, D.C. law firm helps protect the physical and financial safety of the elderly

The term nursing home abuse and neglect can be misleading. While it certainly applies to the treatment or lack of attention to the elderly who reside in nursing homes, it also pertains to individuals who receive in-home assistance from health care workers or even from family members. And many people who fare well physically can sustain severe financial losses from individuals with access to their accounts.

The law firm of Jack H. Olender & Associates, PC provides the immediate attention our clients need to help stop the abuse. Once an elderly loved one is safe, we explore all legal avenues available to pursue compensation for past damages.

Studies show the importance of vigilant family members

The elderly often fail to report abuse out of fear. Family members may not recognize the signs, so few accurate statistics exist on this serious problem. The National Center on Elder Abuse reports alarming recent findings:

  • Studies showed that between 7.6 and 10 percent of participants experienced abuse during the prior year.
  • In spite of accessibility to adult protective services in every state and mandatory elder abuse reporting laws, most cases go unreported and untreated.
  • About 41 out of 1,000 individuals self-reported financial exploitation — a higher rate than self-reported emotional, physical and sexual abuse or neglect.

Clearly, family members must play a vital role to protect their loved ones by recognizing the signs of physical and financial abuse and seeking experienced legal assistance.

Recognizing the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect

The signs of nursing home abuse are not always easy to identify. You need to take action if you observe unexplained injuries, but nursing home neglect is also abuse and may be harder to notice. Family members need to remain vigilant for subtler signs such as:

  • Unexplained changes in weight
  • Unclean clothing and surroundings
  • Signs of emotional withdrawal
  • Nervousness around a specific worker or resident
  • A noticeable reduction in staff at the facility

Even if your loved one resides with a trusted family member, the stress of providing 24-hour care can lead individuals with good intentions to abuse or neglect their charges. You also need to watch for the disappearance of valuable items in the home and monitor financial accounts for unexpected cash withdrawals or the sudden closing of accounts. Washington, D.C. personal injury law affords specific rights to victims of elder care abuse. The legal team at Jack H. Olender & Associates, PC is dedicated to protecting these rights.

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At Jack H. Olender & Associates, PC, we approach every case as a team. We combine our attorneys’ 200 years of malpractice and injury law experience produce an indomitable resource for victims of avoidable tragedies.

Contact us to see the difference our exceptional medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury attorneys can make in your case and in your life.

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The firm generally works on a contingent (percentage) fee arrangement, so no legal fees are paid if money is not recovered on your behalf. We practice in District of Columbia and Maryland courts.

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