The decision to place an older family member in a nursing home is often stressful and heartbreaking for families. They want to care for their parent, grandparent, or other relatives at home, but the person’s round-the-clock needs have simply become too difficult to handle while still managing other life responsibilities.
Families research care facilities carefully and trust the one they choose to care for their loved one in the same kind and loving manner that they would do themselves.
Unfortunately, neglect and abuse of nursing home residents are not uncommon. If you suspect that a loved one is a victim, speak to an experienced nursing home neglect lawyer at Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm today.
Victims of nursing home abuse or neglect may feel too ashamed to say anything to their family. The staff may have also threatened the resident not to tell anyone or the treatment would get even worse.
Be sure to watch for these common types of injuries reported to Manhattan nursing home neglect attorneys:
Death is the worst possible outcome of these or other injuries caused by nursing home abuse or neglect. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one through the negligent or criminal actions of nursing home staff, you may retain a nursing home malpractice attorney to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Nursing home abuse or neglect can take many forms and need not be overt to harm residents. For example, not putting away a medication cart poses a tripping hazard. The facility must have standards in place and insist that staff follow them to keep everyone safe.
Some other common examples of nursing home abuse include:
Nursing home administration may not have committed an abusive or negligent act themselves. However, they can be the subject of an investigation by nursing home malpractice attorneys when they contribute to the problem through one or more of these actions:
You do not need to have a specific incident in mind to contact a nursing home neglect attorney. Every person who resides in such a facility has the right to dignity, privacy, and personal autotomy. You may have a case of nursing home malpractice if you feel the staff repeatedly denies these basic rights to your loved one.
The best thing you can do is be aware that the potential for abuse or neglect exists, especially among the vulnerable elderly who can do nothing to prevent or report it. Look for signs of problems such as soiled clothes, heightened fear in your family member, rapid weight loss, and fresh bruises. If you suspect abuse or neglect, report it immediately to the nursing home administrator, the New York State Health and Human Services Department, and your family member’s doctor. Never confront the staff directly.
You will need to collect evidence to prove that elder abuse has taken place. This could include photographs, saving soiled clothes, recording mistreatment that you see, and anything else that can help to clearly demonstrate that actions of nursing home staff caused your loved one’s injuries. If you feel dissatisfied with the response to your claim, contact our nursing home abuse firm as soon as possible. Keep in mind that you will need to have legal guardianship of your loved one to proceed with a claim if he or she does not have the mental capacity to do so independently.
When an elderly or disabled loved one is injured in a nursing home, the first thing families want is answers. We will evaluate your concerns from a legal perspective and, when appropriate, investigate the circumstances of your loved one’s injury.
Our New York nursing home attorneys work with individuals and families of those injured in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. We invite you to learn more about why clients choose us.