New York Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
At Hach & Rose, LLP, we take nursing home abuse seriously. We consider it to be one of the most reprehensible and preventable failings of our elder care system. The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is one of the most daunting decisions a family has to make. The primary concern is to make sure the needs of your loved one are attended to with care, skill, and respect. While there are many outstanding facilities, the risk of deficient care is very real.
The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates at least one in 20 nursing home patients has been the victim of negligence and/or abuse, though it concedes that the number is probably higher. According to the National Center’s study, 57 percent of nurses’ aides in long-term care facilities admitted to having witnessed or participated in acts of negligence and abuse. Even when the consequences are not fatal, nursing home negligence robs victims of their dignity and sense of security. If your loved one has suffered abuse or other indignities in a nursing home, contact the New York nursing home abuse lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057 today.
Our attorneys have achieved the following results:
- $6 million Jury Verdict for woman injured in a long term care facility
- $2 million bed sore verdict
- $350,000 bed sore settlement
Understanding Nursing Home Abuse
If you have chosen to utilize the benefits of a nursing home, you should be aware of signs of abuse. Common signs of nursing home abuse include the following:
- Physical neglect, including bedsores, may indicate the nursing home staff fails to provide residents with the necessities of daily living
- Residents who suffer from frequent falls, which can indicate that they may not be receiving adequate oversight from the nursing home staff, or they may be victims of poorly maintained equipment or facilities
- Withdrawal or isolation can be a sign that staff is failing to provide a nursing home resident with adequate assistance or attention.
- Frequent infections could mean that nursing home staff is failing to follow proper hand washing techniques.
The sooner you identify a potential problem with a nursing home, the earlier you can file a compelling lawsuit that may help you put an end to unlawful actions by the nursing home staff.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse can manifest through a wide variety of abuses or outright neglectful behavior from doctors and staff. Nursing home residents’ concerns and requests need to be taken seriously, but there are times when nursing home staff are unwilling or unable to address their needs. This can tragically lead to the nursing home resident suffering injuries when they should be well taken care of. Some of the common forms that nursing home abuse takes include the following:
Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, are a surprisingly common result of nursing home neglect. When a patient is bedridden and unable to move, they will need a member of the nursing home’s staff to roll them over every few hours according to medical guidelines and regulations. If they are not moved for extended periods of time, patients can develop painful bedsores. These sores can lead to serious consequences, including bruising, blisters, nerve damage, tissue death, and, in the most extreme cases, sepsis, and bone infections.
Bedsores are solely a result of nursing home neglect. Patients who are attended to well simply do not develop this condition. If your loved one has bedsores, it is important to bring it to the nursing home’s attention. You may also want to seriously consider taking legal action, as it can help combat the pattern of allowing bedsores to occur.
Nursing homes exist so that their residents receive the attention they need in their old age. Their entire reason for existing is to provide care and living assistance to the residents who can no longer do it all on their own. This is why negligence in nursing homes is utterly inexcusable. Negligence can take many forms and may lead to malnutrition, dehydration, bedsores, and missed medication.
Separate from neglect, where a resident’s needs are ignored, abuse is characterized by the active mistreatment of nursing home residents. This, of course, runs counter to a nursing facility’s mission and cannot be allowed to stand. Some of the more common forms of abuse include:
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Psychological Abuse
- Financial Abuse
If your loved one has shown signs of being abused, you should take action as soon as possible. The New York City nursing home abuse attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP can help you determine who is at fault and whether or not they can be held accountable for your loved one’s suffering.
Simple Steps to Finding the Right Nursing Home
When selecting a nursing home, it is important to find a facility that suits the health needs of you or your family member. Some of the things you may want to consider when choosing a nursing home include:
- Compile a list of potential nursing homes within traveling distance.
- Speak to friends, neighbors, senior groups, and social groups about potential facilities
- Check the Medicare and Medicaid website for a list of certified nursing facilities
- Determine the facility’s proximity to family members and friends so that visits can be as frequent as possible
- Make an unannounced visit to the facility to determine the general feel of the place. Ask questions:
- Is the atmosphere friendly?
- How does the staff treat residents?
- Is the facility clean?
- How is the temperature?
- How is the food?
- What steps are taken in the event of a medical emergency?
- Are there trained medical professionals on staff?
- Where is the nearest hospital to the facility?
- After the unscheduled walk-through, set up an appointment with the facility’s administrator to ask questions regarding visitation, meals, hiring practices, and staff requirements.
- Finally, try to determine the overall quality of life of the residents. Does the facility provide social events? Opportunities to interact with friends and other residents?
If you feel a loved one has been subjected to abuse or neglect at the hands of a nursing or elder care facility staff, contact the New York personal injury attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, online or call (212) 779-0057. We believe very strongly that our seniors should be treated with dignity and respect and we will fight to ensure they receive such care.
John Blyth interviewed about nursing home abuse on Today’s Verdict