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Nursing Home / Daycare Abuse

“The test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.” ~ Pearl S. Buck

Abuse and neglect of the elderly and vulnerable continues to be a major problem in America. Many victims are unable to report abuse and neglect because of their mental state, because they are too weak or because they are afraid of retaliation. Elder abuse and neglect can result in both physical and mental injuries. In many cases, nursing home injuries are preventable and are the result, in whole or in part, of specific abuse or neglect. Nursing home professionals have a duty to provide a standard of care and quality of life to each patient under their care.

Examples of elder abuse and neglect include the following:

  • Death
  • Bed sores
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Improper restraints
  • Physical abuse
  • Over medication
  • Failure to clean and bathe
  • Stealing money and property
  • Malnutrition
  • Failure to provide adequate food and liquids
  • Failure to change sheets, adult undergarments, bandages
  • Injuries from falling
  • Undue influence concerning property and/or wills

Representative Cases

Doe v. Nursing Home

(April 2004).  A $1,500,000 settlement for the rape of a developmentally disabled nursing home patient by a nurse’s assistant (negligent hiring and supervision).

Patient v. Confidential

(June 2011) $1,250,000 settlement for wrongful death of 63 year old killed in a Western Washington nursing home as a result of negligent treatment.

Ruddell v. USA

(August 2010) $1,000,000 settlement for the rape of a 30 year old divorced mother of three.  Rape was committed by a 17 year old delinquent who was a ward of a Tribe that failed to properly supervise and monitor his actions.

Sanderson v. Evergreen Rehabilitation
(2008) Because of nursing home abuse, Mr. Sanderson suffers lifelong injuries.