When we place an elderly relative in a nursing home, we trust the facility to provide quality care in a clean and professional environment. Yet a 2008 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that 91 percent of nursing homes surveyed were cited for deficiencies in the three years covered by the study. Additionally, 17 percent of the nursing homes surveyed in 2007 were cited for actual harm or immediate jeopardy deficiencies.
When the most vulnerable members of our society are left unattended or untreated for serious medical conditions, the repercussions can be truly horrifying; pain, needless suffering and death often result. If your loved one has suffered from nursing home neglect, you deserve answers and your loved one deserves justice. You and your family may be eligible for financial compensation by filing a legal claim against the negligent facility. Money won’t undo the damage your loved one has already suffered, but it may help pay for better care and establish accountability for those who failed to meet nursing home standards.
The New York nursing home neglect lawyers of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. can help. Call us today at (516) 342-2200 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation.
The problem of nursing home neglect is widespread; the National Citizen’s Coalition of Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR) reports that 97% of nursing homes fail to provide enough staffing to prevent residents from risking such serious medical problems as infections, bed sores, weight loss, functional decline and avoidable hospitalization.
Nursing home neglect isn’t always obvious, as it may take its toll over time, but some of the most common forms of neglect include:
- Bedsores or pressure ulcers;
- Broken bones caused by falls or of an unknown origin;
- High fevers and other symptoms that go untreated because staff fails to arrange for adequate doctor supervision;
- Respiratory illnesses or loss of motor functionality caused when residents are left lying down all day without assistance to sit up or walk;
- Elder Abuse such as verbal, physical or sexual abuse – or even abuse of personal property.
If your loved one has suffered from any of these or other complications of nursing home neglect, you need a lawyer familiar with nursing home neglect and abuse cases to properly investigate your claim and evaluate the standard of care your family member received. At Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C., our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to prepare an effective case that will hold the institution accountable and obtain money damages for your family.
When you’re searching for answers and justice for an elderly loved one, you need the New York lawyers of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. at your side. With over 150 years of combined experience, our attorneys are well-prepared to handle all your legal needs. Call us at (516) 342-2200 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation. We will fight for you!