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Nursing Home Abuse

What is Nursing Home Abuse?

Nursing home abuse refers to any intentional or negligent act or omission that causes harm, injury, or distress to residents of a nursing home or long-term care facility. It involves the mistreatment or neglect of elderly or vulnerable individuals who reside in these facilities and rely on their caregivers for assistance with daily activities, medical care, and overall well-being.

Examples of Nursing Home Abuse

  1. Physical abuse: Any intentional use of physical force that causes pain, injury, or impairment, such as hitting, pushing, slapping, or restraining residents inappropriately.
    2. Emotional or psychological abuse: Inflicting emotional pain, distress, or mental anguish through verbal abuse, intimidation, humiliation, threats, or isolation. This can include belittling, demeaning, or manipulating residents.
    3. Sexual abuse: Inappropriate sexual contact, harassment, or coercion involving non-consenting residents, including unwanted touching, sexual assault, or exploitation.
    4. Neglect: Failing to provide adequate care, attention, or assistance to residents, resulting in harm or endangerment. Neglect can include neglecting basic needs such as nutrition, hydration, hygiene, medication, and medical care.
    5. Financial exploitation: Illegally or improperly using a resident’s financial resources or assets for personal gain. This can involve stealing money, forging signatures, coercing or deceiving residents into changing wills or signing financial documents, or improperly using credit cards or bank accounts.
    6. Medication errors: Administering the wrong medication, incorrect dosage, or failure to provide prescribed medication in a timely manner, potentially leading to adverse effects or worsening health conditions.
    7. Resident-to-resident abuse: Instances where residents harm or abuse other residents, either physically, verbally, or sexually. Inadequate supervision or failure to intervene by staff may contribute to such situations.

Signs That Your Loves One is a Victim of Nursing Home Abuse

Detecting nursing home abuse can be challenging, as victims may be unable or afraid to report the abuse themselves. Signs of nursing home abuse can include unexplained injuries, bruises, or fractures, sudden changes in behavior, withdrawal, depression, weight loss, poor hygiene, or unexplained financial transactions.

If nursing home abuse is suspected, it’s crucial to take immediate action. This includes reporting the abuse to the appropriate authorities, such as adult protective services, the state ombudsman program, or local law enforcement. Consulting with an attorney who specializes in elder abuse or nursing home abuse cases can also help protect the rights of the victim and pursue legal action against the responsible parties.

Regulations and laws differ across jurisdictions, but many countries have legal protections in place to safeguard nursing home residents and hold accountable those who engage in abusive behaviors or fail in their duty of care.

What is The Role of a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney?

Nursing home attorneys are legal professionals who specialize in representing individuals who have been victims of nursing home abuse or neglect. These attorneys have expertise in the laws and regulations that govern nursing homes and long-term care facilities, as well as the specific issues related to elder abuse and neglect. When you hire an attorney, they will specifically engage in: 

Our Working Process

1. Planning The Case

Schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, and if it meets the criteria, we’ll begin planning, strategizing, and preparing the case. 

2. Evaluate Situation

During the evaluation phase, the attorney will assess the circumstances, and determine what the extent of damages requested in a lawsuit may be. Pretrial discussions will be initiated in an attempt to achieve a quick resolution.  

 

3. File The Case To The Court

If a settlement cannot be reached, the case will be filed and the law firm shall handle the trial, and post-trial matters, such as any appeal, for example. 

Frequenctly Asked Questions

Some basic question you may be wondering about are listed below. 

Do you charge for a consultation?

No, all consultations are free of charge. 

What about out-of-pocket fees?

As an injury law firm A.H. Law P.C. works solely on contingency (33.3%, except for medical malpractice) and therefore you pay nothing out of pocket and only pay us once we win the case.  

Who will work on my case?

We have expericed and knowledge representation for you in the area of your injury case.  

Does it matter how long I wait to file a lawsuit?

Yes, the general statue of limitations for New York is three (3) years, so the sooner a case is started the better. 

How much can I expect to win?

We're asked this a lot, but there is no way to predict in advance without evaluation of the claim, the evidence, the case law, and assessment of damages sought. 

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