Nursing Home Abuse
Serving Western New York
If you have a loved one who resides in a nursing home you have every right to expect that he or she will be well cared for by experienced medical professionals in a comfortable environment. Sadly, though, it is well documented that all too often this is not the case. When residents of nursing homes receive anything less than professional medical care then the situation is deemed, according to the law, nursing home abuse. If a loved one has been mistreated or neglected by staff members, it is critical that you report the nursing home abuse to the New York State Department of Health and take legal action. This is not only important to ensure that your loved one’s dignity and rights are protected, but also to make sure that no other nursing home residents will be subjected to the same abuse.
The Prevalence & Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if your loved one is being abused, especially because in these cases the victims usually will not report the abuse themselves. Although it is often not easily detected, nursing home abuse is more prevalent than one might think. According to the Congressional “Nursing Home Abuse Report,” nursing home abuse is reported at one in three facilities in the U.S. This percentage is astonishingly high and does not even include unreported cases. Because of these disturbing statistics, it is very important to be aware of the warning signs of nursing home abuse, especially if you suspect that a loved one may be a victim of this crime. They include:
- Unexplained bruising or injuries
- Bed sores
- Rapid weight loss
- Sudden onset of disease
- Decreased mental stability
In addition to neglect and physical abuse, nursing home abuse can take the form of mental abuse, sexual abuse and financial abuse. Many residents will not report the abuse because, given the nature of the circumstances in these facilities, they are worried about the consequences of doing so. The relationship between residents and medical professionals in nursing homes is such that the victim will often not report abuse, even to close family members. So, if you are suspicious of abuse, we invite you to contact the attorneys at Feroleto Law today. Our experienced attorneys can walk you through this difficult process and help you determine what your legal options are and what legal action you should take, if any.
If it is determined that abuse occurred either deliberately or due to the negligence of a nursing home employee or an entire organization, we will ensure that the guilty party is held accountable in a court of law and that your loved one is awarded the restitution that he or she is entitled to. We are dedicated to protecting your loved one’s rights and only charge legal fees if your case is won or settled out of court.