Nursing Home Negligence
Group homes, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities are designed to provide care for those who are unable to perform the daily tasks necessary for independent living. When a facility fails to meet the standards of care, neglect and abuse can result. Diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s that affect a senior’s memory, as well as increased social isolation from their families, make reporting instances of neglect or abuse difficult, leaving residents even more vulnerable to neglect.
One in ten Americans over the age of 60 have been subjected to some type of elder abuse, according to the National Council on Aging. If you suspect that your loved one has suffered mistreatment in a nursing home or care facility, you may be able to take legal action against those responsible.
At the Law Office of Reuven Epstein, we advocate for our clients in nursing home abuse and elder care neglect cases in and around Rockland County.
Nursing home abuse and neglect practice areas:
- Falls in nursing homes
- Bedsores, pressure sores, ulcers, and infections
- Malnutrition and dehydration in nursing homes
- Dangerous roommates and unsafe facilities
- Physical, mental, and emotional abuse
- Transportation and restraint injuries
- Group home facilities and assisted living centers
Know the Signs to Safeguard Your Vulnerable Loved One
Nursing home neglect is defined as the refusal or failure of a staff member or facility to fulfill their obligations to care for an elderly resident, including failure to give residents regular baths or oral care, failure to provide prescribed wound care for bedsores, failure to provide adequate food or hydration, and failure to provide a clean facility free of environmental hazards.
Nursing home abuse covers any intentionally inflicted injuries, intimidation, and punishments that cause physical or mental suffering. Seniors are also especially prone to financial abuse.
The physical warning signs of abuse and/or neglect include infected bedsores or pressure ulcers (which suggest the senior is not receiving adequate attention and is being left alone), medication errors or overdoses, malnutrition and dehydration, unsanitary conditions, and unexplained injuries, such as broken bones, head injuries, bruises, burns, and cuts. Emotional warning signs include agitation, sudden withdrawal, fear, frequent crying, and complaints of poor treatment.
In the worst cases, untimely or unexplained death may be a sign of abuse or neglect that went unnoticed for too long. Unfortunately, instances of mistreatment have been known to significantly increase a senior’s likelihood of dying within the following three years.
If you see any warning signs in your loved one, it’s critical to speak with a knowledgeable nursing home abuse attorney as soon as possible to discuss the steps you can take to protect your vulnerable senior or file a wrongful death lawsuit.
The Path Forward
With the help of your dedicated elder abuse lawyer, you may be able to prove that your family member has been a victim of neglect or abuse, which would make you eligible to recover financial compensation for medical expenses as well as damages for your loved one’s mental pain and emotional distress. Perhaps the most important reason to work with a lawyer to handle your case is to prevent future victims from suffering the same mistreatment.
Giving a voice to those who find it difficult to speak for themselves
Whether your loved one is suffering physical or mental abuse or neglect due to improper training or inadequate staffing or supervision, individuals need not suffer in silence. We represent clients injured, abused, or neglected in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and group homes throughout Rockland County and the Bronx, NY.
At the Law Office of Reuven Epstein, we provide effective legal representation for clients who have been abused or neglected, including physical or mental abuse from staff or dangerous roommates, and injuries that result from inadequate supervision, such as falls in a nursing home, transportation, and restraint injuries. If your loved one is showing signs of neglect, such as dehydration and malnutrition, or has bed sores, we can provide representation from a bed sores lawyer for pressure sores, infections or ulcers, and other nursing home neglect situations.
If you are seeking a nursing home law attorney in Rockland County and the Bronx, NY, due to concerns about the care of a loved one who is residing in a nursing home or group home, we can evaluate the situation and advise you about the best course of action at no cost.
Please contact our office by telephone at (845) 208-2444 for a free, no-obligation case consultation with a nursing home law attorney Reuven Epstein.
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