New York Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Attorneys
Residents of nursing homes have the right to be treated with dignity and care at all times. Nursing homes have a responsibility to take care of their residents’ medical needs and well-being. Unfortunately, nursing homes fail their residents when they cut costs and provide inadequate staff members. As a result, nursing home residents can suffer serious or fatal injuries. The National Center on Elder Abuse reports that seniors victimized by nursing home abuse have a 300% higher risk of death when compared to seniors not subject to abuse. Nursing homes and their staff members should be held responsible when they neglect or abuse their residents who depend on them for care. It is important to know the signs of nursing home abuse and contact a lawyer who will help.
How Frequent Is Nursing Home Neglect?
The National Center on Elder Abuse offers resources on the frequency of abuse in nursing homes. Here are just a few of the figures:
- In a report from 2000, 44% of nursing home tenants said they had been mistreated.
- In the same report, 95% of residents said they had either been neglected or saw neglect in their own facility.
- In a 2010 report, over half of nursing home workers surveyed admitted to mistreating their patients, either through neglect, violence or mental manipulation.
Our attorneys are well-versed in New York laws concerning nursing home neglect and abuse. If you or a loved one has been victimized, contact the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff today.
What Are The Types Of Nursing Home Neglect And Abuse?
- Physical abuse
- Staff members hit, push, restrain, burn, or otherwise physically harm a resident.
- Staff members fail to provide help with clothing, personal hygiene, and nutrition.
- Staff members ignore the resident’s needs and fail to protect the resident from the risk for falls, bedsores, and poor health.
- Medication errors
- Staff members administer the wrong medications to residents or do not administer the correct medications in a timely manner.
- Staff members intentionally give residents antipsychotic medications or sleeping pills to make them more docile.
- Sexual abuse
- Staff members engage in sexual conduct or touching with a resident without consent.
- A resident may sexually abuse another resident when staff members do not provide sufficient supervision.
- Emotional abuse
- Staff members verbally threaten, mock, or use other harmful language towards the resident.
- Staff members exploit residents on social media.
- Financial exploitation
- Staff members mismanage a resident’s finances and/or possessions.
The most common forms of nursing home neglect and abuse include the failure to prevent bedsores and the failure to take reasonable precautions to prevent falls.
How do bedsores develop?
Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers and decubitus ulcers, develop due to pressure on the soft tissues when a resident sits or lies in the same position for too long. The blood in the area stops and the tissue dies, resulting in a bedsore. Bedsores can advance into blisters and large, open wounds that develop deep in tissue and can reach down to the bone. Surgeries to repair major wounds can cost patients up to $100,000. Bedsores are a medical risk that can cause serious injury or death. In fact, the estimated cost of bedsores is $11.5 billion per year in the United States. More than 2.5 million Americans develop bedsores every year, and about 60,000 people die each year from bedsore complications.
What are the signs and symptoms of bedsores?
Stage One: Changes in skin temperature (warmth or coolness), tissue consistency (firm or boggy feel), and/or sensation (pain, itching). The ulcer appears as a defined area of persistent redness in lightly pigmented skin. In darker skin tones, the ulcer may appear with persistent red, blue, or purple hues.
Stage Two: Partial thickness skin loss involving epidermis (top layer of skin), dermis, or both. At this stage, the ulcer is superficial and looks like an abrasion, blister, or shallow crater. Once a bedsore gets past this stage, it becomes much harder to treat.
Stage Three: Full thickness skin loss involving damage to, or death of, the subcutaneous tissue that may extend down to, but not through, the underlying connective tissue (fascia). The wound looks like a fairly deep crater, black at its edges.
Stage Four: Full thickness skin loss with extensive destruction, tissue death, and/or damage to muscle, bone, or supporting structures (e.g., tendon, joint, capsule). They will look like a large, deep, open wound revealing bone and connective tissue.
Bed sores often indicate that a resident is receiving substandard care. If you discover that you or a loved one has suffered bed sores or medical complications arising from bed sores, you have the right to be compensated. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff are committed to aggressively pursuing compensation on behalf of people who have been injured due to the negligence and abuse of nursing homes.
How Should Nursing Homes Prevent Bedsores?
With proper care, bed sores are often preventable. Staff members are responsible to frequently assist residents to:
- Sit or lie in different positions
- Turn bedridden individuals every two to three hours
- Keep the resident’s skin clean
- Change diapers
- Ensure the residents are eating a well-balanced diet
When patients develop bedsores, nursing home physicians, nurses, and staff members must provide proper care and take necessary precautions to decrease the likelihood of serious medical complications.
Nursing Home Falls
Nursing home residents often have trouble walking unassisted due to age, weakness, and poor balance. When residents try to walk unaided, they are at risk of falling, which can result in serious or fatal injuries.
One of the most serious injuries that an elderly person can suffer in a fall is a hip fracture. More than 35% of elderly people who suffer hip fractures die within a year. According to the CDC, over 25,000 elderly adults die as a result of falls every year.
How Should Nursing Homes Prevent Falls?
Nursing homes are required to maintain the nursing home and install accommodations to provide assistance to residents who are at risk of falling. These accommodations include:
- Raised toilets and armrests
- Stairways with non-slick stairways and floors
- Ample lighting
- Handheld showers so residents can bathe while safely seated
What Are The Signs Of Nursing Home Neglect Or Abuse?
If staff members have been verbally abusive, have unsuccessfully provided your loved one with correct medication or nourishment, have tried to cover up an accident, or have been physically hostile, you may be entitled to take legal action for personal injury. Elderly victims often cannot adequately communicate instances of neglect or abuse. The nursing home abuse attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff have taken on these cases before, and we can offer you a few red flags for negligence or mistreatment.
Has someone you love experienced…
- Quick weight gains or weight losses?
- An amplified frequency of sicknesses?
- Mysterious bruises or cuts?
- A change in character?
- A sudden fear of, or nervousness communicating around, nursing home staff members?
Does the nursing home facility seem…
- Less clean than you remember?
What To Do When Subjected To Nursing Home Neglect Or Abuse
Incidents of nursing home neglect and abuse often go unreported to authorities. Nursing home residents may be reluctant to complain because they fear further abuse or embarrassment. In addition, the family of the victim is often unaware of the common signs of abuse. It is important to report incidents of nursing home neglect and abuse.
Nursing homes often have schemes in place to defend against lawsuits, so it is crucial to have an experienced nursing home abuse attorney on your side. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff have a breadth of knowledge in nursing home neglect and abuse. We can help you navigate the complex legal process needed to pursue a nursing home abuse lawsuit.
How Can Legal Compensation Help?
Compensation can help victims of nursing home neglect or abuse pay for the costs of medical care and repair emotional pain and suffering. The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff represent families who have been the victims of nursing home negligence. Your rights matter. Nursing homes that have caused injury to residents deserve to be held accountable, and their victims deserve reparation for the wrongs they have endured.
Contact The Law Offices Of Michael S. Lamonsoff
The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff and its nursing home attorneys are experts in cases involving nursing home neglect and abuse. If you or a loved one have been a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, contact one of the personal injury lawyers at our firm for a free consultation. Contact us online or call us at any time at 212-962-1020 or toll free at 877-675-4529.