It’s unfortunate, but it happens. You have already made the incredibly difficult decision to put a loved one in the nursing home, but now you’re faced with something even worse. You’re faced with the probability that your loved one may be the victim of New York nursing home abuse or neglect. What do you do now?
Most nursing homes are fine, upstanding institutions that want to provide only the best of care. However, fully 25% are cited every year for causing injury or even death to residents. If that happens, you’ll need a lawyer who specializes in handling cases that deal with New York nursing home abuse or neglect. This kind of personal injury lawyer will help make sure that the institution pays for its neglect, incompetence, negligence or even outright abuse.
What are the signs of nursing home abuse or neglect?
The signs can vary, but oftentimes, when your loved one is being abused or neglected, he or she will be more withdrawn or fearful even if you don’t see visible signs of abuse. Of course, there may be classical signs of abuse such as bruises, broken bones, or other injuries, but there may also be more subtle signs of abuse that manifest as neglect. For example, if your loved one needs help with bathing, he or she may suddenly appear unkempt. This type of abuse is more psychological than physical. Staff may simply refuse to help with hygiene needs, thus making your loved one feel ashamed and embarrassed about his or her appearance.
That type of abuse can also have physical consequences, since not helping your loved one with his or her hygiene needs can lead to infection or illness. There may also be other types of abuse, such as refusal to help with feeding, withholding food or water, starving, refusing to give medication or giving the wrong amount of medication, and so on.
Regardless of the actual kind of injury or abuse, though, if your loved one is showing signs of neglect or outright abuse, you need help. A personal injury attorney who specializes in New York nursing home abuse or neglect can help you see to it that justice is done.
If you suspect your loved one is being abused and neglected, take action immediately. Contact nursing home administrators at once, to let them know what’s going on, and move your loved one to another location for safety reasons if you need to. Your next step should be to contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in New York nursing home neglect cases. He or she will review your case and if it is found to have merit, will do everything possible to make sure you get fair representation and compensation for your loved one’s pain and suffering. You don’t have to suffer in silence, and never let those responsible go unpunished. Contact the New York nursing home abuse lawyers at Brown Chiari today.