Elder Abuse


Our population is aging rapidly. As baby boomers reach their later years and medical advances keep us alive longer, an ever-increasing proportion of America’s population is joining the ranks of the elderly. There was a time when the elderly were lovingly cared for in the homes of their adult children, but the demands of today’s economy require most adults to be employed outside the home. This means that elderly family members are often placed in the care of strangers in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and sadly sometimes this care turns into abuse. That’s when you need the help of a Phoenix elder abuse attorney.

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How Common is Abuse of the Elderly in Nursing Homes?

Approximately 2 million Americans are now living in nursing homes. A recent ABC News investigation found that elderly residents are abused in one out of every three nursing homes.

That places the number of nursing home abuse victims somewhere over 600,000. One study of elderly abuse published in 2011 concluded that actual rate of abuse rates is 24 times higher than that reported to authorities. 

The National Center on Elder Abuse in the United States has reported that half of all nursing homes are understaffed, which contributes to the problem of neglect and abuse.
It is an unfortunate truth that those elderly citizens who lack the strength or cognitive ability to protect themselves all too often become victims of abuse or neglect. Patients suffering from dementia have it the worst. It is estimated that half of all nursing home residents with dementia are abused.

How To Detect Elderly Abuse

Common types of elderly neglect include untreated bedsores, malnutrition and dehydration, over- or under- medication, preventable accidents, poor sanitation, and inadequate medical care. Physical, verbal, sexual, emotional, and financial abuse also occur.
If you have an elderly family member in a Phoenix or Maricopa County nursing home and suspect abuse, try to pop in often at random times without calling ahead. Making unscheduled visits is the best way to determine that the care your loved one is receiving is up to standard. Signs of possible neglect or abuse include excessive weight loss, extreme thirst, bedsores, bruises, unexplained injuries, vaginal bleeding, torn clothing, restraint marks on ankles and wrists, withdrawn or fearful demeanor, and frequent trips to different hospital emergency rooms. Be especially suspicious if staff members appear evasive when questioned.


If you see signs of neglect or abuse, call Senior Protective Services and look for a better environment for the patient. Then contact the Phoenix personal injury lawyers of Curiel and Runion and schedule an appointment to come in for a consultation. Find out if you have a cause of action to recover damages from the abusive or neglectful home on behalf of your family member.

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities may not be the ideal place to live out your last years, but this form of elderly care is the only option available to many families.


Abuse of the weak is unconscionable, and the Phoenix nursing home abuse attorneys at Curiel and Runion are deeply committed to defending the right of Arizona’s elderly citizens to a safe environment and humane treatment in these facilities. Our compassionate and caring elder abuse attorneys welcome the opportunity to advocate for those who have become too old or frail to protect themselves in abusive situations. We hold nursing home and long term care facility owners accountable when they’ve allowed abuse and neglect of their residents to occur.

We accept nursing home abuse cases on a contingency fee agreement, which means that you won’t pay us anything until we recover money for your loved one. If we don’t win, you pay nothing at all.


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