New York Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Protecting Your Loved Ones from Further Harm
The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP is one of New York’s most experienced and trusted nursing home abuse law firms. If you have an elderly loved one who lives in a nursing home or assisted living facility, and they have been harmed through abuse or neglect, please reach out to us right away by dialing (855) 465-4622. You might have a valid claim against the nursing home that can result in the nursing home facing severe penalties and paying your family fair compensation for the pain and hardships you have endured. When it comes to pursuing justice for your loved one, there is nothing that can slow us down.
A few reasons why you should choose to work with our firm:
- We offer contingency fees, which means you only pay attorney fees if we win your case.
- We can help with every step of your case, including initial investigations.
- We have a long history of taking complex cases and winning them.
- We are able to take your case to litigation if necessary.
For a free consult, contact our New York nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys today.
Negligence Vs. Abuse in a Nursing Home
Nursing homes that do not prioritize their residents’ wellbeing can subject those residents to abuse or negligence or neglect. Although both forms of harm are unacceptable, they do have noticeable differences. Particularly, abuse is often a form of harm that has been inflicted intentionally, whereas neglect is harm that happens unintentionally due to a lack of care or oversight.
Types of Abuse & Neglect
Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms. Elders who are abused or neglected may suffer physically, emotionally, mentally, socially, or financially, depending on the type of harm that has been inflicted. To get a good starting point for your case, it is important to first get an understanding of what type of abuse or neglect has hurt your loved one.
Common types of abuse and neglect in a nursing home include:
- Physical violence inflicted by caretakers or other residents.
- Sexual assaults, especially against residents with memory or communication troubles.
- Theft of the elder’s finances or belongings.
- Coercion to steal from the elder, such as convincing them to add the abuser to their will.
- Forced isolation from other residents to cause overbearing loneliness.
- Humiliation, taunts, or insults intended to damage the elder’s self-esteem.
- Failure to provide necessary nutrition, hydration, exercise, and medication.
- Bedsores that developed due to never moving a bedridden elder.
Signs of Abuse and/or Neglect
Elders in nursing homes often have a difficult time reporting that they have experienced a form of abuse or neglect. Even in extreme cases of harm, some elders might not speak up. Why? Unfortunately, many elders are afraid they will be harmed further if they say anything. Others lack the mental faculties to report what happened, such as patients with age-related dementia. For these reasons, spotting the signs of abuse and neglect in a nursing home is often up to loved ones who visit their elders there.
Telltale signs that your elderly loved one might be abused or neglected include:
- Unexplained injuries like cuts and bruises
- Untreated bedsores
- Fear around a specific person
- Missing finances with no purchase history
- Sudden weight loss
- Frequent illness
- Uncharacteristic mood swings
- Abrupt disinterest in getting any visitors
How to Report Nursing Home Abuse in New York
In New York, you can file reports of potential nursing home abuse or neglect to the Department of Health. You can click here to visit the official “Complaints About Nursing Home Care” website from the New York State Department of Health, which explains how to submit an online Nursing Home Complaint Form. You can also use the Nursing Home Complaint hotline by dialing 1-888-201-4563.
Reporting your suspicions of nursing home abuse to the state is an important step in your claim. Without this report, your case will not be supported by an investigation or inquiry conducted by the Department of Health. The defendant will also have a simpler time outright denying that any harm happened because there will be no official report related to it. If you think your elder is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, you should file this report and call (855) 465-4622 as soon as possible.
Who is Liable for the Abuse?
Liability in a nursing home abuse case will vary depending on the type of abuse, its extent, and whether or not there were parties that could have stopped it. Our investigation can uncover liability, so you know the right parties to hold accountable.
Defendants in your nursing home abuse case might include:
- Nursing home manager or owner
- Nursing home administrators
- Nurses and doctors
- Specific caretakers
In many cases, the party that must answer for nursing home abuse is the company that owns and runs the nursing home. Administrative oversights and failures like understaffing the nursing home can lead to neglect or enable abuse. The managing company is ultimately responsible for how its staff behaves and how its residents are treated.
How Much is Your Nursing Home Abuse Case Worth?
You are probably curious as to how much your nursing home case will be worth. Will the case’s value be enough to justify the claim?
Every nursing home abuse case is different, so the ultimate value of your case will be unique. We cannot promise that your claim will be worth one amount or another. But we can tell you that once we are acting as your New York nursing home abuse attorneys, we will do all that we can to maximize the value of your case and secure every possible penny.
We’re Ready to Take Legal Action for You
When your elderly loved one’s health and wellbeing are jeopardized, every moment matters. Take legal action today against the nursing home or assisted living center that has hurt your family. Let our nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers help. It would be our honor to walk you through this difficult time and represent you when the going gets tough. We are in this together, and we are focused on winning.
Dial (855) 465-4622 or contact us online for a free consultation.
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