Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers
Senior citizens often need assistance as they get older. When living alone becomes too challenging, they may need to move into a nursing home or assisted living facility. Long-term facilities help seniors with their everyday needs and ensure that their health is looked after. When these facilities fail to properly care for their residents, they can suffer serious injuries.
Nursing Home Neglect
Mistreatment in nursing homes can happen in several ways. Nursing home neglect occurs when residents are not consistently given the care that they need. This can have a huge impact on residents who depend on nursing home staff for most of their needs. Common types of nursing home neglect include:
- Hygienic: Nursing home residents may need help bathing, using the bathroom, and changing clothes or linens. Failing to attend to these needs can lead to issues with skin or bowel distress.
- Medical: Neglected patients may not receive the medication or exercise they need or have their bandages changed in a timely manner, which can lead to infections.
- Malnutrition: Patients who are not given enough food and water can suffer from pain and discomfort.
- Emotional: Nursing home residents who are left alone without interaction with staff or other residents can experience emotional distress.
Nursing home neglect can occur when the facility is insufficiently staffed, or their employees are not properly trained to care for residents. In some cases, however, neglect can be intentional.
Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse is much more insidious and involves nursing home employees harming residents either physically or mentally. There are numerous ways that a nursing home resident might suffer abuse, including:
- Physical abuse: When nursing home residents are hit, kicked, or pushed by their caregivers, the resulting injuries may be painful and take a long time to heal.
- Emotional abuse: Staff members may insult, demean, or ignore residents, which can lead to depression, anxiety, or other mental distress.
- Imprisonment: Staff who lock residents in their rooms, restrain residents, or take away their tools for mobility, they can do enormous harm.
- Financial abuse: Nursing home staff has access to residents’ rooms and can steal their money or belongings; in some cases, they may influence residents to give them access to bank accounts
- Sexual abuse: Nursing home residents may be more vulnerable to nonconsensual sexual acts.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home residents may not always be in a position to advocate for themselves, or they may fear what would happen to them if they report abusive behavior, so it is important for their loved ones to recognize signs of potential abuse or neglect. Indicators of nursing home abuse can include:
- Bruises or cuts
- Unexplained weight loss
- Frequent falls
- Poor hygiene
- Dirty living conditions
- Dehydration or malnutrition
- Changes in mood or personality
- Reticence or refusal to talk
If a nursing home resident begins to exhibit some of these signs, their friends and family should be checking up on them frequently and asking serious questions about the care they are receiving.
Liability for Nursing Home Injuries
Under the Nursing Home Reform Law of 1987, long-term care facilities must uphold a reasonable standard of care for patients. Each resident must have their own tailored care plan that ensures that their dietary, hygiene, and medical needs are met. In addition, facilities must be adequately staffed so that residents receive the attention they need and facility itself is well maintained. When facilities fail to meet their duty of care and act maliciously toward residents, they can face serious mental, physical, and financial consequences.
If a nursing home resident suffers harm in the care of a nursing home, the facility may be held liable. The resident or their family must prove that their suffering was caused by neglect on the part of the facility or by intentionally abusive actions. Some scenarios in which a facility could be held responsible include:
- Failing to properly staff the facility
- Failing to hire qualified caregivers or conduct thorough background checks
- Failing to train caregivers
- Failing to address safety hazards
- Withholding proper nutrition or hydration
- Improper restraint
- Intentional abuse
Brooklyn Elder Abuse Lawyers at Korsinsky & Klein, LLP Advocate for Victims of Nursing Home Abuse
If you believe a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, call the Brooklyn elder abuse lawyers at Korsinsky & Klein, LLP right away. We will thoroughly review the facts of your case and take the appropriate legal action to ensure that your loved one’s rights are protected. With offices conveniently located in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Lakewood, New Jersey, we help nursing home residents and their families throughout New York and New Jersey. Call us today at 212-495-8133 or contact us online for an initial consultation.