A recently released New York State report concerning Nursing Home Abuse has emphasized the abhorrent conditions present in many nursing homes in New York State. In response to this, Jacoby & Meyers LLP has formed a Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Elder Law Lawyers Group to address these issues.
EXAMPLES OF NURSING HOME NEGLECT OR ABUSE MAY INCLUDE:
- Withholding of food from patient
- Patient has no access to water
- Errors in dispensing medication, or not dispensing it at all
- Poor toileting facilities or lack of bathroom assistance
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Inadequate daily care and grooming
- Ignoring of patient
- Lack of socialization leading to depression
- Humiliation or mocking; verbal abuse
- Elder abuse from other nursing home residents
- Financial exploitation (stealing money, checks, credit cards, or belongings)
- Sexual abuse
Placing a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility can be one of the most difficult decisions for a family member to make. When we finally select a facility that can give the kind of round-the-clock assistance our elderly family member needs, we hope that they will be well-taken care of. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect is a frequent occurrence in nursing homes throughout New York and New Jersey.
If a facility is understaffed, or the staff on duty is not sufficiently trained or properly screened, your loved one could become a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect. If this happens, you should seek out a nursing home abuse lawyer immediately. Elderly residents suffering from abuse or neglect are often deprived of basic needs and suffer horrible emotional and physical abuse.
When nursing home abuse occurs, your loved one may suffer serious injuries, including starvation, dehydration, and bed sores that may lead to deep physical wounds and/or infections. Elderly residents with severe medical problems can become victims because they are unable to communicate that they are suffering, and the same goes for emotional abuse.
Selecting Jacoby & Meyers to pursue a nursing home abuse/neglect claim means you will have experienced nursing home abuse lawyers ready to fight for you and your family. If you suspect someone you know has been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, it’s important to get representation immediately. Fill out a free evaluation today.
Sometimes abuse and neglect to your elderly loved one in their nursing home may result in death. In these cases, it’s important to contact our wrongful death attorneys to receive the compensation you deserve.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect FAQ:
How can financial exploitation be prevented in nursing homes?
Financial exploitation happens when someone illegally or improperly uses someone else’s money or belongings for their personal use. It is the fastest growing form of elder abuse in nursing homes.
Here are some steps nursing home residents can follow to prevent financial exploitation:
Know your rights
Protect your financial information
Review your financial information regularly
Report any suspicion of financial abuse
What are the physical and psychological consequences of nursing home elder abuse?
The physical consequences of elder abuse may include injuries, welts and wounds. A victim may experience disturbed sleep, dehydration and malnutrition, persistent physical pain, and increased susceptibility to new illnesses. Seniors who are abused have a 300% higher risk of death when compared to those who have not been mistreated.
The psychological consequences may include high levels of stress and depression. Other potential psychological consequences may include an increased risk of developing fear and anxiety reactions, learned helplessness, post-traumatic stress disorder among others.
What should I do if I suspect nursing home abuse or neglect?
If you notice any sign of nursing home abuse, such as unexplained injuries, lethargy or unresponsiveness, a sudden change in weight, obvious signs of poor hygiene, or any out of the ordinary behaviors, here are some things you can do right away.
Document what happened with as many details as possible. Write down exactly what you witnessed, the room number or other location of the abuse or neglect, and the exact date and time of the incident.
Write down the names of all staff in the area and administrators on duty. They may become important witnesses later, even if they were not directly involved in the incident.
Contact the resident’s loved one. If you have contact information for the resident’s relative or friend, you should reach out to them and tell them what you saw.
If possible, talk to the resident. You don’t need to say that you think you witnessed abuse or neglect, but you can ask if the resident needs anything. By doing this, you may be able to determine if the resident has any critical needs that require immediate attention.
Inform the state. It is important to report any alleged abuse or neglect so that a full investigation can be done. You will not be liable if you make your report in good faith, even if you are wrong.