Getting quality care for your loved one in Oklahoma can be difficult. In fact, one study just ranked Oklahoma 49th in the nation when it comes to nursing home care. Furthermore, it’s estimated that 1 in 3 patients of long-term care facilities in the state will become victims of Oklahoma nursing home abuse this year.
These disturbing numbers are said to be the result of a failed elderly care system in our state. This position was supported by a case of elder abuse that came before the state’s courts recently.
According to KOCO News, an 80-year-old patient at an Oklahoma nursing facility alleged that on May 9, 2010, a caretaker grabbed her by the arm with such force that the patient’s wrist was broken. A complaint was filed against the nursing home and staff member, which led to the court handing down a $15 million judgment on behalf of the victim. Despite the ruling, the perpetrator never faced criminal prosecution.
Instances like this leave many wondering what they can do to protect themselves and their loved ones from harm inflicted by caretakers at nursing facilities. The state is working to find ways to prevent such acts from occurring, but in the meantime, speaking with an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer may be your best bet if you or a loved one are the victims of abuse.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we have decades of experience assisting victims of abuse or neglect and helping them get the compensation they deserve. We want to do the same for you. Just call us at (877) 579-6800 to learn more.