Nursing Home Abuse Exposed In Missouri
October 30, 2012
Research shows that roughly two million Americans over the age of 65 have been injured, exploited or otherwise mistreated by someone they depended on for care or protection. These problems have led many experts to believe as few as one in fourteen instances of abuse are reported to authorities.
One such case of Missouri Nursing Home Abuse that was reported recently ended in a conviction. According to KFVS 12 News, a Cape Girardeau, Missouri, woman will spend the next two years on probation after she was found guilty of slapping a 98-year-old resident at an assisted living facility where she worked. Police say they were contacted about the incident when the victim’s family members noticed bruising on the woman’s face. Then, during an interview with police, the caretaker admitted to losing her cool and hitting the elderly woman when the victim yelled at her. Along, with probation, the abuser must perform 80 hours of community service, attend anger management courses, and apologize to the family.
The St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers with Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers say the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 guarantees the right to dignity, the right to equal access to quality care regardless of source of payment, and the right to freedom from mistreatment, neglect and abuse for all elderly citizens. That is why we are here to help if you suspect a loved one is being mistreated.