Elder abuse is a very real problem that often goes unnoticed and unreported. Nationwide there are nearly 6 million cases of elder abuse every year. That’s approximately one case every five seconds.
More than 74,000 Oklahoma seniors suffer some form of elder abuse each year. That means 11 percent of Oklahoma’s population over the age of 60 is being abused. Abuse may take the form of neglect; physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; or financial abuse. The laws pertaining to elder care and rights vary from state to state. To get help, contact a trusted Oklahoma elder abuse lawyer at 800-522-9443.
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Oklahoma
According to the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987, all residents in nursing homes are entitled to receive quality care. This means they get to live in an environment that improves or maintains the quality of their physical and mental health. This includes freedom from neglect, abuse, and misappropriation of funds. Neglect and abuse are criminal acts whether they happen inside or outside a nursing home. Residents do not surrender their rights to protection from criminal acts when they enter a facility.
If abuse is happening to you or a loved one in a nursing home, contact a nursing home abuse attorney in Oklahoma City who specializes in elder abuse cases.
We believe all Oklahoma residents should be treated with respect, especially our state’s seniors. If someone you know complains of abuse, or if you suspect abuse, you should do three things without delay:
- Report it to the proper authorities
- Document your claim carefully
- Contact an Elder and Nursing Home Abuse attorney
The elder abuse attorneys at Vassar Law will give you a free legal consultation. Call us at 800-522-9443.