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Entrusting your loved one—be it an elderly parent, disabled spouse, or infirm relative—to a nursing home, nursing facility, or assisted living facility, can be a heart-wrenching decision. When you do finally find the nursing home you believe is safe, clean, and offers appropriate care, the last thing on your mind is that your loved one may be the victim of neglect or abuse. However, the U.S. House Government Reform Committee reported that 30% of nursing homes mistreat patients.
Nursing homes are required by New York State law to provide the highest practical level of care and services for your loved ones, and New York State Public Health Law specifically sets out the rights that nursing home patients have and provides that patients can bring a lawsuit for the neglect and abuse they suffer at the hands of a nursing home. If your loved one has suffered abuse, the New York City personal injury attorneys at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. are ready to help.
Examples of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Nursing homes can be severely understaffed, staff can be poorly trained and unqualified, background checks may not conducted on employees, and the facilities and equipment may be poorly maintained. Sadly, this too often results in nursing home abuse, neglect and medical malpractice, with serious injuries and wrongful death of patients.
Some of the most common examples of nursing home abuse and neglect include:
- Staff does not come to the aid of patients who need assistance
- Patients are tied to beds or chairs and become entrapped
- Patients who are fall-risks are not properly supervised
- Residents who suffer from dementia wander out of a facility
- Serious medical conditions are ignored by staff members
- Residents are scalded in showers or baths that are too hot
- Medication is not given or improper doses are given
- Staff members withhold food and water from residents
Nursing home abuse, neglect, and medical malpractice can all result in serious injuries or the wrongful death of the very people we seek to care for and protect by placing them in what we had believed was fine nursing care.
Recognizing the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
The elderly and infirm may not be able to report the abuse or neglect themselves, and family members are not always present to witness the abuse. Yet, abuse can become apparent through telltale signs and other patterns of behavior.
If you suspect that your loved one is being mistreated, look for these warning signs:
- Unexplained bruises, burns, or injuries
- Fractures or broken bones
- Head injuries
- Confusion, dementia or memory loss
- Anxiety or depression
- Emotional withdrawal
- Rapid weight loss
- Soiled bedding sheets
- Fear, especially upon seeing a staff member
- Malnutrition or dehydration
Contact a New York City Nursing Home Abuse Attorney at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C.
If you believe that someone you love has been the victim of nursing home abuse, neglect, or medical malpractice, it is important to seek legal assistance immediately. Contact our New York City personal injury lawyers right away. Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. has been a compassionate advocate for elderly and infirm victims of nursing home neglect and abuse since 1977. Our team will fight for you and your loved ones. We have successfully represented numerous clients over our long time in practice together throughout the five boroughs against hospitals and nursing homes.
We are ready to hear about your case. Call us at 212-227-4000 to schedule your free consultation.