Nursing home patients have been dragged down hallways, doused with ice water, sexually assaulted and beaten in their beds, yet few prosecutions result says Los Angeles Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney Steven C. Peck.
Many physical and sexual abuse cases in nursing homes are not treated the same as similar crimes elsewhere, Peck states.
Recently, a case of abuse and sexual assault was described as choking, breaking the elder’s neck, and her wrist bones and her hand.
This elder unfortunately died two days later from the trauma. The Facility staff member eventually pleaded no-contest and served a year in prison. The incident was not reported to a state official who was in the nursing home at the time of the beating, he said.
This particular investigation found that nursing homes rarely call police for attacks that would bring an instant response if they occurred elsewhere says California Elder Law Attorney Steven Peck.
Over two million Americans are cared for in 20,000 nursing homes. The homes received $100 billion in reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid in 2010.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.