Elder abuse is any act or failure to act that causes mental injury, physical injury or death to an elderly nursing home resident. It is the duty of each nursing home to take care of its residents. If your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, the realization can be painful and emotionally stressful. You can take action to right the wrong. Here are the steps to take in the case of nursing home elder abuse:
Get Medical Help
If you suspect that a loved one has been the victim of abuse, see to it that they receive immediate medical attention for any emotional or physical injuries. Make sure that you carefully document each injury that your loved one has suffered with a doctor or other medical professional.
Report the Abuse to Local Authorities
Next, report the abuse to the local police authorities. Elder abuse in nursing homes is a serious crime. When the police are notified, they search the facility and gather evidence to support your case. They can also question witnesses and begin identifying staff members or administrators who may be involved.
Hire an Experienced Attorney
Family members can file a nursing home lawsuit on behalf of the injured loved one. The lawsuit may also be brought on behalf of the estate of a loved one who has passed away. There are federal and state laws in place to ensure that you or your loved one is protected in a nursing home. Make sure that you contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer who can help you find justice.
Contact Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY
At Jacoby & Meyers, our experienced nursing home abuse lawyers are ready to fight for you or your loved one. We are committed to providing unsurpassed legal representation and legal services to all our clients. Call 1-877-504-5562 or email [email protected]