Protecting the Rights of Seniors to Care and Respect
There is almost nothing more shocking than the abuse of seniors. And yet, appalling levels of abuse occur daily in nursing homes throughout New York City and our surrounding suburbs. A study conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services found that up to 10 percent of seniors had experienced abuse within the past year. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. The New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study determined 24 cases of abuse remained unreported for every one case reported to agencies and programs. Considering our aging population, this statistic is likely to get worse unless we take a stand against elder abuse.
Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. is an experienced law firm that concentrates solely on personal injury and wrongful death recovery. Our New York City nursing home abuse attorneys regularly handle claims of nursing home abuse and neglect in New York City and the surrounding region.
If you suspect nursing home abuse, consult with us immediately. We will lodge a full investigation into the claim and protect your loved one from further abuse. We then pursue the money your loved one is entitled to from the nursing home facility, doctors, nurses, staff and other people and entities that contributed to the abuse.
Taking Steps to End the Abuse
First, know that your loved one’s abuse is not your fault. You made a decision to move your family member into a nursing home to ensure he or she received quality round-the-clock professional care. Nursing home staff members who abuse go to great lengths to hide their actions, making detection very difficult. For this reason, our lawyers often encounter situations when the most loving, dedicated family members do not discover the abuse right away. Our concern is getting your loved one into a safe situation and holding the nursing home accountable for the abuse.
Typically, one incident of nursing home abuse represents a pattern. We end the abuse against your loved one and strive to prevent the abuse of other nursing home residents.
Signs of Abuse
Your loved one may be unwilling or unable to speak out against abuse. But, you can be your loved one’s eyes, ears and voice. Look for signs of abuse, such as:
- Unexplained and repeated injuries
- Bedsores and other wounds
- Broken Bones
- Untreated medical conditions
- Undiagnosed medical conditions
- Changes in weight
- Poor hygiene
- Unsanitary conditions at the home
- Soiled linens, towels and clothing
- Your loved one’s depression and anxiety
- Your loved one’s isolation or withdrawal
- Use of physical and chemical restraints
- Overmedication, indicative of chemical restraints
If you suspect your love one is being abused, let our New York City nursing home abuse attorneys investigate. We take decisive, immediate steps to protect your loved one.
Protect Your Loved One from Nursing Home Abuse
Call Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. at 1-888-575-6410 to schedule an appoint at our Manhattan, Bronx, Deer Park, Jericho or White Plains office if you suspect your loved one has been abused in a nursing home. Your consultation is free and we handle your claim on a contingency fee basis – there is no risk in calling, we only get paid if you receive money.