Nursing Home Abuse Rising
An increasing amount of media attention has shed light on the growing problem of nursing home abuse in this country. Social media pictures of nursing home aides inappropriately using medical equipment or stories of staff members physically assaulting patients are not isolated incidents. Data indicates as many as five million seniors suffer some type of elder abuse each year. Preying on the physical or mental vulnerabilities of older individuals residing in nursing homes is one of the most disturbing types of elder abuse. By gaining more awareness of the frequency of this problem, seniors and their loved ones can take the necessary steps in spotting and stopping nursing home abuse.
Many nursing home patients suffer from mental or physical conditions that can leave them unable to care for their own personal needs. Recent federal inspection reports highlight incidents where staff have exploited patients’ vulnerabilities by using excessive physical force, neglecting the needs of their patients, or psychologically abusing the patients.
Common types of elder abuse witnessed in nursing home settings include:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Psychological abuse including financial exploitation
- Resident on resident abuse
- Gross neglect
Nursing home residents with little family involvement or who have not properly protected their financial assets through the use of trusts or direct deposit setups are especially susceptible to elder abuse.
Abuse of seniors in nursing homes often goes unreported as staff members sometimes work together to hide the problem from family members or visitors to the facility. While social media has provided a glimpse into the insight of some abusive situations, many instances of nursing home abuse go unreported and uninvestigated. Residents with memory issues such as dementia may be unable to recall when or how they received bruises or broken bones. Other victims fail to report the abuse for fear of retaliation by staff members whom they rely on for extensive assistance with daily life activities. Their inability or unwillingness to report what is happening to them can lead to years of abuse and neglect. Demanding the use of monitoring systems and appropriate staff-to-patient ratios, reporting abuse to federal regulators, and requiring adequate training for staff are some ways families can help prevent hidden abuse.
Compensation for Victims of Nursing Home Abuse
Holding the perpetuators of nursing home abuse accountable for their actions often requires the filing of a civil lawsuit against staff members and nursing home facilities. When a nursing home has failed to act reasonably in providing a safe environment for its residents, it may face legal liability for any resulting injuries. The first step in holding individuals and companies responsible for nursing home abuse or neglect is to consult an experienced elder law attorney who can help you obtain compensation for these abuses.
Long Island Elder Law Lawyers at Korsinsky & Klein, LLP Obtain Compensation for Nursing Home Abuse Victims
If you or a loved one has been the victim of abuse at a nursing home, the experienced Long Island elder law lawyers at Korsinsky & Klein, LLP can help you obtain compensation for your injuries. We work with families to protect the rights of their elder loved ones and safeguard them against any future abuse. With offices conveniently located in Brooklyn, New York and Lakewood, New Jersey, we represent seniors and their families throughout Manhattan, Long Island, and Westchester, New York. To schedule an appointment with an experienced Long Island elder law lawyer, call us today at 212-495-8133 or submit an online inquiry form.