Elder Neglect & Abuse

It is emotionally challenging to place a loved one in the care of a nursing home or other outside provider. This stress increases tremendously when you suspect that your loved one is not being treated in a humane and proper manner.

The elderly are among our most vulnerable citizens and they depend on loved ones and concerned third parties to protect them. Elder neglect & abuse can take many forms including physical, financial and emotional neglect/abuse. As the elderly often cannot speak up for themselves, they are at the mercy of others to take the steps to prevent injuries and neglect from occurring. Common Signs of Elder Abuse

For example, pressure ulcers (or bed sores) are often the result of neglect that occurs when a facility fails to move or position an elderly person who can no longer do this for themselves. If left in the same position for hours, the unrelieved pressure and other factors can cause the skin to break down, forming painful bed sores that can become infected and, in some cases, could be fatal.

Many family members do not know what to do when they suspect that a loved one is receiving inadequate care or is subject to abuse. Residents of facilities and hospital/home care patients are entitled to the same protections as any person in society, and they can receive compensation when their rights have been violated through neglect or abuse.

In addition, there are federal and state regulations that set forth specific standards of care that facilities are required to provide their residents. Further, under the New York State Public Health Law, if a nursing home resident is injured, the burden is on the facility to show that they cared properly for the resident.

If you suspect that someone you care about has been the victim of neglect, abuse, or mistreatment, it is critically important that you take immediate action—whether your loved one is a resident of a nursing home, a hospital patient, assisted living resident, or receiving in-home care. In addition to the emotional trauma that such incidents create, your loved one could be at serious risk of injury, disease, or even death.

Over the years, our law firm has helped victims of elder neglect & abuse and their families receive millions of dollars in compensation. As we are paid on a contingency fee basis, there are no upfront costs to you, in most cases.

If a loved one has been the victim of elder neglect or abuse, contact or call us at (877) 356-0123. We will do our best to ensure that they receive the maximum financial compensation for their pain and suffering.

Compensation for Nursing Home Neglect: Failure to Prevent Falls & Bed Sores

We obtained a significant six-figure settlement on behalf of the estate of an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s disease against a Long Island nursing home whose negligence resulted in her suffering numerous serious falls, painful fractures, and bed sores (pressure ulcers). The facility failed to properly assess her needs and provide interventional measures, even though the resident was at a high risk for falls.

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In a little over a year, the elderly woman fell 16 times—resulting in fractures of the pelvis, spine, nose, and wrist—and developed multiple bed sores that became infected and required agonizing debridement procedures (removal of dead tissue).


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Compensation for Nursing Home Abuse: Captured by a Hidden Camera

We obtained a significant six-figure settlement against a nursing home in New York City for elder abuse and neglect. The client, a frail woman in her late 80s, had several suspicious injuries and painful bed sores. When the family didn’t receive satisfactory explanations from the nursing home, they cleverly hid a camera in her room and captured on film several incidents of elder abuse and neglect by the nursing home staff.

Compensation for In-Home Neglect: A Nurse Too Busy to Provide Proper Care

We obtained a significant settlement for the family of a deceased elderly woman against a home care agency. The woman was in her late 80s, with both dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and required 24-hour in-home care. While receiving this care, she became dehydrated, malnourished with sepsis due to aspiration pneumonia, and developed a pressure ulcer (bed sore) that became infected.

Due to poor supervision and care planning by the supervisory staff of the agency, she did not receive the appropriate services to prevent her deterioration and eventual death.

This case settled before trial and the money was awarded to the woman’s estate.

 


Get the answers to FAQs on elder neglect & abuse.

Obtain information to help protect your loved ones. We can help.Call (877) 356-0123