Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Civil justice system and trial lawyers protect senior citizens by exposing nursing home abuses

Kimberly Atkins writes on her blog at LawyersUSA (subscription required), "Civil suits help uncover abuses by nursing home and insurance companies, according to a new report by the American Association for Justice. 'Where regulatory and legislative bodies have been unable to cope with this distressing rise of neglect and abuse of our elderly, the civil justice system has stepped into the breach,' said AAJ President Gibson Vance, a partner in the Montgomery, Ala., office of Beasley Allen, in a statement accompanying the release of the report, 'Standing Up For Seniors: How the Civil Justice System Protects Elderly Americans.'" The report "outlines how, through litigation, trial attorneys across the country have uncovered evidence of corporate programs aimed at terminating seniors' benefits as well as evidence of nursing home abuse and neglect."

The report referenced by Atkins, accessed at the link below, highlights a common theme of "abuse by insurance companies taking advantage of senior citizens." (PR Newswire).  Vance noted that "Corporate nursing homes and insurance companies have continually chosen to put profits ahead of the well-being of our most vulnerable population," and that because governmental oversight of these problems was simply not feasible in all or even most cases, the civil justice system and trial lawyers have stepped in to fill the gaps.

Sources:
American Association for Justice report
PR Newswire article
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