When we place a relative in a nursing home, we expect that the facility will provide quality care in a clean and professional environment. We expect our family members to be treated with the respect and reverence they deserve. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. A 2008 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that 91% of nursing homes surveyed were cited for deficiencies during the three-year period covered by the study. Similarly, 17% of the nursing homes surveyed in 2007 were cited for actual harm or immediate jeopardy deficiencies.
What do these statistics mean? They show that too often the most vulnerable members of our society – those who cannot fight for themselves – are abused, neglected, or their serious medical conditions go untreated. The repercussions for these failures can be horrifying.
If your loved one has suffered from nursing home neglect or elder abuse in NY, you deserve answers and your loved one deserves justice. It is crucial to know that you and your family may be eligible for financial compensation by filing a legal claim against the negligent facility. Although no amount of money can undo the damage your loved one suffered, the compensation received may help pay for better care for your loved on in the future and hold those responsible for his/her pains and suffering accountable.
Better Understanding Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse in New York
Nursing home neglect and abuse is not just happening in New York. Unfortunately, it is a national issue.
The National Citizen’s Coalition of Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR) recently reported that 97% of nursing homes fail to provide enough staffing to adequately prevent residents from developing infections, bed sores, weight loss, functional decline, and hospitalization that, with proper staffing, could easily be avoided.
Nursing home neglect or abuse is not always immediate and it is not always obvious. The evidence of neglect or abuse may develop slowly and take their toll over time. However, here are some of the most common forms of neglect or abuse to look out for:
- Bedsores or pressure ulcers;
- Broken bones caused by falls of an unknown origin;
- High fevers and other symptoms that go untreated because staff members fail 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; or
- Elder abuse––whether it be verbal, physical, or sexual (sometimes even abuse of personal property).
We often do not know what is going on behind the closed doors of the nursing facilities we put our relatives in. Therefore, it is essential for you to check up on your loved one regularly and be on the look out for thesetelltale signs of elder abuse and nursing home neglect. In the event you suspect something is awry and abuse or neglect has occurred, you need to immediately contact a New York nursing home neglect attorney that will fight on your loved one’s behalf to ensure that his or her rights are protected.
Who Should You Contact?
If your loved one has suffered from nursing home neglect or abuse, contact Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. Our team of personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and experience needed to hold the facility or nursing home accountable while obtaining money damages for your family. Call us today at 516.342.2200 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation. We will fight for you!