A report recently released by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) shows how the civil justice system is the most effective force in uncovering abuses by corporate nursing homes and insurance companies when they take advantage of elderly Americans.
There are 1.5 million elderly Americans who currently reside in nursing homes. Most of these nursing homes have been bought out by large corporate chains, who are looking to bank on the aging population of baby boomers. The majority of insurance companies and corporations see baby boomers aging as a way to gain significant profit through unnecessary contacts.
Sadly many residents have suffered abuse by a staff member and even died from dehydration or infections caused by inadequate care. It is the job of loved ones to hold these corporations accountable for their actions. Many corporations tend to intimidate clients and pressure them due to their large size and power. It is time to stand up for your rights and the rights of our loved ones.
AAJ president Gibson Vance stated that; “Corporate nursing homes and insurance companies have continually chosen to put profits ahead of the well-being of our most vulnerable population”. It is very common that insurance companies take advantage of senior citizens, showing how vulnerable our loved ones are. Highlighting the story of a South Dakota man who was one of a flood of patients that companies signed up for long-term care insurance in the 1990s, his benefits had been cut after three years when the company declared his care was no longer “medically necessary”, despite faithfully paying his monthly premium.
Thousands of seniors met a similar fate with insurance companies miscalculating mortality rates and searching for ways to deny claims. If you or a loved one has suffered due to an insurance company, you must understand that you have rights. Litigation has revealed incidences of abuse and neglect. Many other offenses never see the light of day due to nursing homes inserting forced arbitration clauses and fine print. Remember do not sign anything without taking the proper measures to protect yourself and your loved ones.
If you have any questions regarding nursing home abuse, neglect, or your rights, contact the Attorney team at Michael J. O’Connor & Associates. The insurance companies may have time limits in place regarding filing a claim. It is imperative that you contact us immediately. Call 1-800-518-4LAW for a free consultation.