Unfortunately, about one fourth of the nursing homes in this country have had some sort of code violation related to patient safety. If you suspect your loved one is the victim of New York nursing home abuse and neglect, you need a personal injury lawyer in Buffalo NY on your side to represent you; you’ll need to go to court to sue for damages, so that those responsible for what’s been done to your loved one will answer for it.
What are the signs of nursing home abuse in New York
Most people know that bruises, broken bones, or other signs of physical injury may be signs of abuse in a nursing home. However, there are other more subtle ways abuse or neglect can occur; even if they don’t appear quite as severe as physical injury, they can still cause significant pain and suffering.
When you put your family member in a nursing home, whether it is a parent, spouse, or grandparent, you are entrusting your family member’s care to someone else because you can’t do it 24 hours a day. It’s a decision many of us struggle with and must eventually come to terms with: we don’t have the resources to provide the constant care our loved ones need, so we must agree to full-time nursing care. Although in-home nursing care is an option, it’s expensive and not everyone can afford it.
To be fair, most nursing homes are fine institutions that provide not just quality care to loved ones, but a true home to live in – complete with friends and other nursing home residents to share days with, caring staff, and an activity schedule that stimulates mind and body – arguably a better situation than might be had at home anyway, especially if your loved one has had to spend most of his or her time alone.
However, in spite of the fact that most institutions are very fine indeed, New York nursing home abuse and neglect does indeed happen, and you need help if so. If you see physical signs of abuse or neglect, or if your loved one appears different emotionally – fearful, sleepy, or more agitated than usual – contact nursing home administration immediately. They need to know that something may be going on, and they need to step in and take care of it if so.
After you have contacted nursing home administration, it may be best to move your loved one to another facility, where he or she will be safe. Then, contact an attorney who specializes in New York nursing home abuse and neglect, to file a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of your loved one. Your attorney will help you get the money your loved one deserves, so that care can continue to be provided seamlessly – and safely.
Brown Chiari Personal Injury Attorneys in Buffalo New York
69 Delaware Ave # 700
Buffalo, NY 14202