When a Loved One Has Been the Victim of New York Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

It’s an unfortunate fact that fully 25% of nursing homes throughout the country have been cited for some type of nursing home abuse and neglect. New York is no exception, and one of the major concerns is not just “typical” instances of elder abuse, such as over-medication, physical abuse, or emotional intimidation, but financial abuse as well. Specifically, theft and fraud are becoming an increasing concern with the elderly.

Mark Lachs is a geriatrician and social scientist who practices at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. He is an expert in both the physical and financial abuse of America’s elderly, such that he and other scientists have begun to formally report on fraud and other financially-based exploitation specifically targeted to the elderly.

What can you do to protect your loved one?

Even though millions of elderly people living on their own are victimized every year, according to Lachs, usually by family members or financial advisers, it can also happen in a nursing home setting. If you visit your loved one and you notice that personal effects or other valuables are missing (like jewelry, money, or other valuable possessions), contact nursing home administration immediately, to let them know of the abuse that you suspect. If you suspect that there is theft, report that as well. If necessary, file a police report to see if you can trace what has been stolen.

Don’t leave valuables or money at your loved one’s place of residence and instead keep them with you. If you must, explain to your loved one that this is necessary until you know possessions will be safe.

Contact an injury attorney in Buffalo specializing in New York nursing home abuse and neglect if the abuse is physical

If the abuse or neglect is physical and/or emotional in nature, contact a personal injury attorney specializing in New York nursing home abuse and neglect to review your case. You may be able to file a suit for damages, pain and suffering against the nursing home and any other applicable third parties. You can receive compensation on behalf of your loved one for the pain and suffering caused by the abuse and neglect, if the attorney finds that you have a case. If you do, the attorney will represent your loved one at no cost up front, and instead will simply collect a portion of the award or settlement at completion of a jury trial in your loved one’s favor. This will give you the funds you need to take care of your loved one properly, so that nursing home abuse in Buffalo New York is a thing of the past.

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