Michael John Tario

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Serving Bellingham, WA

  • Serving Bellingham, WA

  • Free initial consultation, Credit cards accepted

Member at firm Tario & Associates, P.S.

Serving Bellingham, WA

Free initial consultation, Credit cards accepted

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Nursing home
sexual abuse is inflicted on our vulnerable elderly population more often than
we would like to admit. Nursing home sexual abuse happens when a caregiver or
other staff violates the trust that they were given to care for an elderly
person and takes advantage of that person sexually. The elderly are more likely
to be abused because they are often vulnerable, easy targets. Compounding the
problem, the perpetrators may feel that they have a better chance of getting
away with the crime because the victim is isolated from their family or is
easily confused. Family members should familiarize themselves with the
signs of elder abuse.

Nursing home sexual abuse statistics

?? 70 percent of reported abuse takes
place in nursing homes
.

?? Only
30 percent of victims of elder sexual abuse report it to authorities.

?? The
abuser is the primary caregiver in 81 percent of elder sexual abuse cases.

?? Elderly
women are six times more likely than men to be sexually abused.

?? A
study of Medicaid fraud reports found that almost 10 percent of nursing home
abuse cases involved sexual assault.

?? Because
residents in long-term care settings have a high rate of dementia and
disabilities, they are especially vulnerable to abuse, neglect and
exploitation. People with disabilities are 1.5 to 5 times more likely to be the
victim of a sexual assault than members of the general population.

?? One
study published by the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health
Services in 2000, reported that 15 out of 20 sexual assaults of nursing home
residents were committed by nursing home staff.

?? In
2003, researchers published a study in the Journal of Gerontological Social
Work that found an “overwhelming number of identified perpetrators were
facility residents aged 70 and over”. The
study went on to recommend appropriate staffing to monitor the activities of
its residents.

?? A
2002 General Accounting Office (GAO) report commented that there are intolerable
levels of physical and sexual abuse happening in nursing homes.

?? A
study called “Sexual Predators in Nursing Homes” found that 11 out of 20
nursing home residents died of trauma within the first year after being
sexually assaulted.

Can I file an elder abuse lawsuit?

Sadly, many
cases of nursing home and other elder sexual abuse go unreported but of the
cases that do, more are being turned into elder abuse lawsuits than ever
before. The majority of these cases are filed against “licensed” facilities that
should have been following better safety protocols for its residents. About 2000 facilities are charged with elder
abuse each year.

An elder
abuse attorney can help you or a loved one navigate through the sexual assault
by notifying the appropriate authorities, helping to make other living
arrangements, conducting a thorough investigation into the incident and
fighting for damages.

If you or a
loved one were injured in an accident, you have enough to deal with. Let an
experienced
accident attorney fight for the full compensation that
you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance
company that is five to ten times bigger with the help of a lawyer. Call the
caring accident attorneys at
Tario & Associates, P.S. in Bellingham, WA today for a FREE
consultation! We have been representing residents of Whatcom County, Skagit
County, Island County and Snohomish County since 1979. You will pay nothing up
front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages for you!

Nursing home
sexual abuse is inflicted on our vulnerable elderly population more often than
we would like to admit. Nursing home sexual abuse happens when a caregiver or
other staff violates the trust that they were given to care for an elderly
person and takes advantage of that person sexually.

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