We Provide Nursing Home Abuse Victims With A Voice
As the population ages, nursing homes and assisted living facilities are housing more senior citizens than ever before. Sadly, a study from the Cornell Medical Center of Cornell University and the New York City Department for the Aging found that more than 260,000 (1 in 13) older adults are victims of elder abuse every year in the state of New York.
Alarmingly, most cases of nursing home abuse are not even reported. A New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study found that elder abuse is grossly underreported throughout the state, for every case known to programs and state agencies, 24 were unknown.
You have every right to expect proper care of your loved one when they are placed in a care facility, including a clean environment. Intentional harm or neglect by a caregiver or other persons that cause harm or serious risk to a vulnerable adult is simply unacceptable.
When a loved one has been injured, exploited or otherwise mistreated by someone they depend on for care and protection, contact an experienced New York nursing home abuse lawyer at Raphaelson & Levine to discuss the legal actions that may be taken against those responsible, including how to file a complaint against a nursing home and suing a nursing home for negligence through a nursing home neglect lawsuit.
Call 212-268-3222 or complete the contact form below for a free consultation.
WARNING SIGNS OF NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT
Warning signs of nursing home abuse include physical injuries such as bed sores or other pressure marks, burns, or scrapes, as well as emotional damage. Depression can be detected in rapid mood changes, acting withdrawn from usual activities, or changes in alertness and can be a warning sign of emotional nursing home abuse as well. Common warning signs of nursing home abuse include:
- Bed injuries/asphyxiation
- Emotionally upset or agitated, extremely withdrawn and non-communicative
- Unexplained injuries such as wounds, cuts, bruises or welts
- Falls, fractures or head injuries
- Recurring Infections
- Instances of wandering/elopement
- Rapid Weight Gain or Weight Loss
- Bed Sores/ Pressure Ulcers
- Reluctance to speak in staff members’ presence
- Unsanitary/ unclean living conditions
- Sudden or unusual changes in behavior
Nursing home neglect results from instances in which a care facility fails to provide the care and services needed to ensure their residents are free from harm. Lack of supervision of the nursing home residents can cause injury to other occupants, which can lead to lack of treatment and severe injury.
Eldercare facilities have a duty to supervise their residents and to provide the highest standard of care so these activities do not occur. When a nursing home fails to ensure a safe environment, it may be best to consult a New York nursing home abuse lawyer to discuss your legal options and ensure the safety of your senior.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED NURSING HOME NEGLECT?
Nursing home abuse and neglect can come in many forms, including medical malpractice and careless treatment. It also may involve misuse of restraints, failure to supervise or keep safe, physical or sexual assaults by other residents or staff, medication errors or a failure to follow treatment plans. The following are considered nursing home neglect are commonly found in New York nursing home abuse cases: physical abuse, emotional elder abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse and elder neglect.
Physical abuse occurs when there is intentional harm by physical force that is used against a person who often times turns into a victim. This can include such things as hitting, biting, shoving, scratching, and harmful restraint use. Physical elder abuse is complete with obvious warnings. This makes it easier to prove Physical abuse of elders is, therefore, easier to prove than other types of abuse.
EMOTIONAL ELDER ABUSE
Emotional elder abuse happens when another individual causes emotional distress for the victim. Emotional abuse could be a result of humiliation, ridicule, terrorizing, intimidation, or simply ignoring the individual. Blaming the elder or demeaning behavior are also considered emotional elder abuse.
SEXUAL ELDER ABUSE
Sexual elder abuse occurs when a sexual contact that is not consensual is made. In many cases, physical and emotional abuse can also be part of this. Elders who are sexually abused may be manipulated, coerced, tricked, or forced into unwanted sexual contact.
Stealing money or personal items are forms of financial abuse. This abuse can also occur when another individual pressure or trick an elder to disclose valuable information, such as banking accounts, credit card information or social security numbers. Coercion to change a will, trust, or any other legal document is also considered financial abuse.
Elder neglect, or nursing home negligence, occurs primarily when a resident doesn’t receive proper or needed care, whether medical, physical, or emotional. Serious harmful risk may be a result of neglect. In some cases, neglect may escalate to other forms of abuse like physical or emotional occurrences. Here are several signs/symptoms of possible nursing home neglect that you may want to be aware of. These certainly are not all.
- Loss of Weight
- Dehydration or Malnutrition
- Bed sores or Pressure Sores
- Poor Hygiene
- Untreated Health Problems
- Unsanitary Living Conditions
TAKE ACTION: SUING A NURSING HOME FOR NEGLIGENCE
Taking action to help prevent nursing home abuse may be difficult, but it is the only way to stop mistreatment and help so that others do not also become victims themselves. If you believe there is evidence a loved elder is in imminent danger, they should be removed from the facility as quickly as possible. After they are safe, you should contact a New York nursing home abuse lawyer immediately to discuss legal action that can begin against the facility, administration or negligent party.
Always make sure to ask your senior how they are being treated in the nursing home facility and how they are feeling, both personally, and in their environment. By contacting a law firm that specializes in nursing home negligence and elder abuse, you can ensure that your loved one will get the care and compensation they deserve for their pain and suffering.
If you notice any signs of abuse or neglect, document it as best as you can. Take pictures, be sure to write down statements not only from your loved one, but from other nurses and attendants who have contact with your senior. The more information that you can provide to your attorney, the greater your chances of building a successful case.
DISCUSS YOUR OPTIONS WITH A NEW YORK NURSING HOME ABUSE LAWYER
Filing a nursing home neglect lawsuit can be a difficult decision. If you believe that your loved one has experienced elder abuse or nursing home negligence, we invite you to call (212) 268-3222 or complete the form below for a free consultation.
An experienced New York nursing home abuse lawyer at our firm will discuss your claim and advise whether suing a nursing home for negligence may be in your best interests.
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