Elder neglect and abuse at nursing homes and elder care facilities is often undetected. Family members don’t always recognize the signs, facilities know how to conceal the evidence, and victims are often too scared or unable to speak up about the neglect and/or abuse.
If your loved one has suffered a serious or even fatal injury or illness and you suspect elder neglect or abuse, your family may have grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the nursing home or other facility. Money may not be your first consideration, but it can help pay for better care – and it can hold the wrongdoers accountable for their actions. The New York elder neglect and abuse lawyers of Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C. can help.
Types and Consequences of Elder Abuse
Nursing homes and hospitals will often claim illness or “old age” as the real culprit, but if you suspect neglect or abuse in an injury, development of pressure ulcers, or loss of an elderly loved one, you need a lawyer familiar with elder neglect and abuse cases to properly investigate your claim. Elder neglect and abuse can occur in many forms, whether your loved one resides in a nursing home, is a patient at a hospital, or receives care at home. It can include:
- Broken Bones – caused either by neglect or intentional conduct.
- Bedsores – typically caused by a failure to properly turn and position someone who is bedridden or wheelchair bound, and can result in serious infection and even amputation.
- Dehydration – insufficient amounts of fluids can cause infection, kidney failure, and dangerously low blood pressure.
- Physical Abuse – deliberate use of excess physical force including hitting, pinching, slapping, shoving, kicking, unwarranted use of restraints (physical OR chemical), and controlling the victim through physical attacks.
- Mental / Psychological / Emotional Abuse – harassment, threats, humiliation, emotional manipulation, coercion, isolation, or ignoring the victim.
- Sexual Abuse – any improper or sexually-oriented touching of the victim, including coercion to perform sexual acts.
- Verbal Abuse – threatening, demeaning, or insulting spoken or written comments, regardless of the victim’s ability to comprehend the abuse.
Signs to Look for
How can you tell if a loved one has suffered elder neglect or abuse? While neglect or abuse is often difficult to detect, it is important to watch for key signs, including:
- Mysterious or recent bruises or lacerations
- Lack of cleanliness – for either your loved one or their surroundings
- A change in demeanor, such as fear or anxiety around caregivers
- Illness or injury that isn’t promptly reported to a doctor or hospital
As mentioned above, nursing homes and hospitals will often claim illness or “old age” as the real culprit of your elder’s injuries. However, if you suspect neglect or abuse in the injury, notice the development of pressure ulcers, or experience the unnecessary loss of an elderly loved one, you need a lawyer familiar with neglect and elder abuse cases to properly investigate your claim. At Schwartzapfel® Lawyer, P.C., our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to prepare an effective case that will hold the caregiver or institution accountable and obtain the money and benefits your family is entitled to.
For Your Elder Abuse Claim, Contact Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C.
When you are 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 more than 150 years of combined experience, our attorneys are well-prepared to handle all of your legal needs. Call us at 1-877-737-4806 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation. We will fight for you!