There aren’t many betrayals of trust worse than finding out that someone who is supposed to care for your elderly loved one is actually abusing them. The abuse of a loved one – be it physical, emotional, sexual, or financial – is unacceptable and illegal. And you can stop it.
The nursing home abuse attorneys in our New York office have extensive experience helping families stop nursing home abuse and recover damages for any related losses. If you suspect that a nursing home in New York is mistreating one of your loved ones, an elder abuse attorney can help ensure the abusive behavior ceases immediately.
Our elder abuse lawyers at Morgan & Morgan are proud to have helped families throughout the state get justice for relatives who have been abused, neglected, traumatized, or injured by nursing home negligence and staff abuse. Contact us to find out if they can help you too.
Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
It is important to understand and notice signs of elder abuse, because it’s a more common occurrence than people care to admit. A recent study found that in a one-year span from 2008-09, 76 out of every 1,000 older New Yorker had been reported as victims of elder abuse. And incidents of elder abuse around the country are only growing in number each year.
Nursing home abuse can be a difficult thing to pinpoint at first glance. Many elderly relatives have difficulties communicating due to a variety of diseases and conditions. Furthermore, loved ones can often experience injuries under normal conditions without any wrongdoing.
While these signs may not always indicate nursing home abuse or neglect, New York residents who observe them should consider investigating further. These signs include:
- Unexplained and recurring bruises;
- Dehydration or malnutrition;
- Consistently poor hygiene;
- Extreme fear or anxiety;
- Unexplained infections; and
- Unexplained injuries.
How Can an Elder Abuse Attorney Help Me?
It’s important to know that you have rights and options if your loved one is the victim of abuse. Laws have been put in place that allow you to report physical, emotional, and financial abuse if you have reasonable cause to believe abuse is happening. Having an elder abuse attorney can be extremely helpful for those who know of the abuse but don’t know the proper steps to take.
In some cases, your attorney may notify local, state, or federal authorities so that they can conduct their own investigations. If criminal charges are filed against the nursing home or a member of its staff, your attorney can work with the authorities to make sure they have all necessary information to prosecute the nursing home.
Next, your elder abuse attorney can evaluate the facts of your case and determine if a claim should be filed against the nursing home. If so, the attorney may be able to seek compensation for the harm caused to your loved one.
In addition, in cases involving particularly egregious conduct, the attorney may seek punitive damages, which are designed to punish the facility and discourage other nursing homes from engaging in similar types of misconduct. In cases involving negligent care or physical abuse, your attorney may evaluate the resident’s medical records and work with a medical expert to analyze the extent of the abuse that occurred at the nursing home.
Morgan & Morgan May be Able to Help
Many nursing homes in New York are owned by large corporations that operate hundreds of facilities throughout the country. These corporations have the resources to hire large teams of high-paid attorneys to defend negligence and elder abuse lawsuits.
Fortunately, Morgan & Morgan has the resources to go toe to toe with these high-paid attorneys, and we believe in providing our quality legal services regardless of income. We work on a contingency-fee basis. That means if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay.
You or your elderly loved one deserve to feel safe in their old age. If someone in a position of power is abusing them, Morgan & Morgan may be able to put an end to it, and get your loved one the compensation they need. To learn more, complete our free, no-obligation case evaluation form.