When a family member is placed in the care of a nursing home, there is an expectation that his or her needs will be met, and the patient will be respected, cared for and protected. Unfortunately, too often the health, well-being and dignity of some of society’s most vulnerable citizens are compromised.
Sadly, many nursing home victims are either victims of neglect, or even worse, mental, physical or even sexual abuse.
While there are state and federal regulations established in an attempt to protect the elderly, violations persist. The U.S. House Committee on Government Reform reports that approximately a third of nursing homes are at some point cited for abuse. That said, 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.
Examples of cases in which compensation may be due include:
- Inadequate supervision
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Medication errors
- Falls and injuries
- Sexual abuse
If you suspected that a loved one may be a victim of nursing home abuse, it is important to reach out to an attorney.
Queens Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys
We at Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP, understand the emotional nature of these cases and are committed to doing everything we can to protect New York’s elderly. Because we have obtained tens of millions for clients in personal injury in more than two decades of practice as a firm, we understand the common types of nursing home negligence, particularly neglect. We are prepared to hold nursing homes accountable and obtain the compensation you or your loved one deserves. It is important to look out for certain warning signs if you believe your loved one is exhibiting:
- Rapid weight loss
- Sudden agitation or emotional withdrawal
- Falls, bedsores & accidents
- Unexplained bruises or other injuries
An example of our success:
Nursing Home Liability — $112,500 Settlement For Injured Nursing Home Resident
A resident of a New York City nursing home slipped and fell at the facility while not being properly monitored. As a result of the fall the resident suffered a fractured wrist that did not require surgery. The resident sought out our personal injury attorneys to argue her case. A $112,500 settlement was awarded to the nursing home resident.
To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our New York City nursing home abuse lawyers, call 212-221-5999 or email us.