Nursing home residents are especially vulnerable to neglect or abuse because of their underlying physical or cognitive medical problems that required their residence in the first place. Physical injuries can confine your loved one to a wheelchair or bed which significantly increases the chance that they will develop bedsores which can cause serious skin wounds that require surgical care or cause serious infections. Dementia or other cognitive conditions can limit your loved one’s ability to complain or report physical problems. If you have a loved one in a Manhattan nursing home, it is critical that you consistently keep up with their care and be vigilant to any signs that they are not receiving the quality level of care that they are entitled to by law. Nursing home mistreatment can take many forms from passive neglect of daily care and improper supervision to active abuse such as physical or emotional harm.
If you suspect that your loved one has been injured while residing in a nursing home in Queens, the lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates can help you take legal action. Call our team today at (212) 732-2929 for a free consultation.
Nursing Home Care Varies Widely
The quality of the care provided in Queens nursing homes varies widely. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents either suffer from dementia or other limits in their ability to tell you how they are feeling or what is happening inside the nursing home when you are not there. In order to best protect your loved one, it is always a good idea to stay in regular contact with the nursing home staff and your loved one and be vigilant for signs of trouble. Even the most caring or involved family member can miss signs of nursing home mistreatment despite their best efforts.
Neglect of a Nursing Home Resident’s Care Can Be a Serious Problem
There are many different types of neglect that can occur in a nursing home to cause injury to your loved one and result in needless suffering. This can include:
- Failure to provide adequate hygiene and skincare
- Failure to properly supervise
- Failure to ensure proper nutrition
- Failure to administer necessary medications
- Failure to address medical conditions such as fevers and infections in a timely manner
Nursing Home Neglect Can Have Serious Consequences
Signs of neglect are sometimes difficult to recognize. It is important to be watchful these common and preventable injuries that may be indications of neglect:
- Broken bones
- Bumps on the head or black and blue eye sockets
- Deep bruises
- Significant weight loss
- Infections or worsening medical problems
Elderly Nursing Home Residents Are Frequent Targets for Abuse
Nursing home resident abuse is not uncommon. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that a significant majority of surveyed nursing home and long-term care facility staffers admitted to participating in what can be considered elder abuse during the year prior to the study being conducted.
While nursing care is usually provided by loving and competent professionals, it is also important to consider the following:
- Not all nursing home staffers are qualified to care for your loved one.
- Not all nursing home staffers have your loved one’s best interests (including their health) at heart.
- Predators can—and do—achieve employment as caregivers and in other positions within nursing homes and could work at your loved one’s place of residence. For these reasons, it is critical that you are aware of the possible signs of abuse.
Abuse Among the Elderly May Not Look How You Expect It to
Mistreatment in nursing homes takes several forms. It may manifest in the following forms:
- Overmedication or drugging patients
- Use of restraints or isolation
- Emotional or psychological abuse
- Physical abuse such as hitting, pinching, or slapping
- Sexual abuse
Each type of abuse may come with its own signs and symptoms. If your loved one cannot tell you directly, remaining regularly involved in their care can help you notice the signs of abuse or neglect.
Possible Signs of Psychological, Sexual, Physical, or Emotional Abuse
If you notice changes in your loved one’s personality and patterns of behavior, do not rule out various forms of mistreatment as the cause. A nursing home resident who is being mistreated may:
- Show signs of withdrawal characteristic of depression
- Stop participating in activities they once enjoyed
- Have indications of physical trauma on their body, such as bruises, cuts, burns, or other unexplained injuries
- Suffer one or more serious injuries, such as one or more broken bones, internal injuries, dislocated limbs, or other unexplained (or unconvincingly explained) trauma
- Show signs of anxiety and fear—such as restlessness
- Show physical symptoms of chronic anxiety, such as losing hair or exhibiting physical indications of sleeplessness
- Have unexplained physical actions that indicate mistreatment, such as urinating unexpectedly
- Have bruises or are bleeding from regions that could indicate sexual abuse
A Nursing Home Abuse Victim May Be Entitled to Substantial Compensation
Depending upon the full nature and circumstances of the mistreatment or abuse, your loved one may be entitled to a significant monetary settlement. If we are successful in proving that the care provided to your loved one was below the standard required by law and injuries resulted, we may be able to recover money damages for:
- Pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
- Medical bills relating to the injuries caused
- Scarring and disfigurement
Even if your loved one is no longer alive at the time our claim is resolved, the law permits the family to recover the fair and reasonable damages that would have been awarded to the victim of the abuse.
If You Feel That Your Loved One Is Being Neglected, Call Us Today
Once you contact us we will immediately begin an investigation which may include:
- Obtaining all nursing home records
- Gathering all incident, police, and hospital reports documenting the abuse
- Hiring medical experts in nursing home procedures
- Evaluating all physical and/or psychological injuries sustained
- Identify the persons responsible for the abuse
- Consulting with doctors to determine the permanent nature of the injuries
You Are Not Required To Pay Any Money Upfront
If we agree to accept your case, we will not require that you pay any money for our services. We will advance all expenses for the case and only get paid a legal fee if we obtain money for you. If we don’t receive any money for you, you do not have to pay a legal fee.
Call Our Team at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates Today
For decades, the attorneys at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates have fought for the victims of nursing home neglect and abuse to ensure that they receive fair and just monetary compensation. Let us fight for you. Call our team at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates today at (212) 732-2929 for a free consultation.