We Can Help You Seek Accountability For Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect
When a family member is placed in the care of a nursing home, there is an expectation that their needs will be met and that the patient will be respected, cared for and protected. Sadly, that isn’t necessarily a safe assumption to make. Many nursing home residents in New York become victims of neglect or, even worse, mental, physical or sexual abuse.
If you suspect that your loved one has suffered harm from abuse or neglect, contact Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP, Attorneys at Law. Our lawyers understand the emotional nature of these cases and are committed to doing everything they can to protect New York’s elderly. Because they have obtained tens of millions of dollars for clients in the firm’s more than 25 years of practice, our attorneys understand the common types of nursing home negligence, particularly neglect. They are prepared to hold nursing homes accountable and obtain the compensation your family deserves.
How Was Your Loved One Harmed?
Examples of cases in which compensation may be due include:
- Inadequate supervision
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Medication errors
- Falls and injuries
- Sexual abuse
Our lawyers will thoroughly investigate your claim and take appropriate legal action against the at-fault parties. This includes referring the parties for criminal prosecution, when appropriate.
Know The Warning Signs
While there are state and federal regulations to protect the elderly, violations are common. The U.S. House Committee on Government Reform reports that approximately a third of nursing homes are at some point cited for abuse. The National Center on Elder Abuse has reported that it is difficult to pinpoint exactly how many are victims because more than one in 10 may experience abuse, but only one in five cases (or fewer) is actually reported.
Because the nursing home resident may be unable to speak for themselves (due to mental incapacity) or are scared to speak up, it is important to look out for certain warning signs. These could include:
- Rapid weight loss
- Sudden agitation or emotional withdrawal
- Falls, bedsores and accidents
- Unexplained bruises or other injuries
Remember that “overreacting” to a false alarm is far preferable to letting abuse or neglect continue because you didn’t trust your suspicions.