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Nursing Home Abuse

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old and young handsAccording to the National Center on Elder Abuse, over 20,000 complaints of nursing home abuse, neglect, and exploitation were reported in 2003. The American Association for Justice adds that 90 percent of U.S. nursing homes have staffing levels too low to provide adequate care.

It’s a travesty when New York families pay thousands of dollars for nursing home care and are rewarded by reports of nursing home abuse and/or neglect. Meanwhile, the industry continues to take home billions of dollars in profits. Pursuing a personal injury lawsuit in New York can help families not only recover damages, but ensure that organizations are taken to task for failing to uphold proper standards of care.

Patients who are neglected or outright abused in a nursing home may suffer painful and life-threatening injuries. Individuals with disabilities and/or dementia may be especially vulnerable. Sadly, many cases of nursing home abuse and neglect in New York go unreported.

Types of abuse that may qualify for a personal injury lawsuit in New York include:

  • Broken bones, falls, and fractures
  • Bed sores and bruises
  • Head injuries
  • Medication overdose
  • Choking/strangulation
  • Dehydration or malnourishment
  • Physical or sexual assault
  • Burns
  • Wandering
  • Physical or chemical restraints
  • Weight loss

In addition, if your loved one displays agitation, withdrawal, or fear, these are potential signs of abuse. Frequent crying and complaints of poor treatment should also be taken seriously.

Liability for nursing home abuse in New York

Nursing home neglect or abuse in New York should never be tolerated. Report the abuse to the authorities, and consider talking to a New York medical malpractice lawyer. The nursing home is responsible for the treatment of your loved one, and any evidence of abuse should be seriously investigated.

In today’s difficult economy, nursing home cutbacks have resulted in an increased risk of abuse and neglect.

The likelihood of nursing home abuse and neglect increases with the following factors:

  • Insufficient staffing because of cutbacks
  • Reduced medical supplies and equipment
  • Overworked personnel who are stressed and anxious
  • Reduced attention to cleanliness and order, increasing risk of infections and falls
  • Inattentive or unqualified staff members

Substantial dollar settlements and jury verdicts are awarded each year to victims of nursing home abuse and their families, who choose to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in New York to hold the responsible parties liable.

New York medical malpractice attorney

Families dealing with the injury of a loved one, particularly an elderly or disabled individual who cannot protect themselves, may experience difficult emotional and financial burdens. The Sanders Firm has decades of experience in fighting for the rights of victims, and can help you gather the evidence you need to build a strong personal injury lawsuit in New York. A successful outcome in your case can help you manage medical care expenses and provide the type of care you desire for your loved one. 

Considering a personal injury lawsuit in New York

If you or a loved one has been injured by nursing home abuse or neglect in New York, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, or Long Island, don’t hesitate. Call a New York medical malpractice lawyer at The Sanders Firm today for a free legal evaluation. There is no excuse for such abuse—you and your loved one deserve much better. Call toll-free: 1-800-Fair-Play (800-324-7752).

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