Many people are faced with the unfortunate decision of whether it’s time to put their loved one in a nursing home. Of course, no one ever wants to do it, but in many cases, it’s the only viable option. Though most nursing homes provide our loved ones with, at the very least, a safe living environment, this isn’t always the case. If you believe that your loved one was harmed in their nursing home, you should contact a New York City nursing home neglect lawyer from the Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum as soon as you can.
Nursing Home Neglect is Unacceptable. Our New York City Lawyer Can Help.
It’s no secret that nursing homes can, at times, fail to provide residents with the level of care they deserve. They’re often overworked and understaffed, and they sometimes otherwise lack the resources they need to adequately care for their residents. When a loved one is harmed because of nursing home neglect or abuse, it’s paramount that you retain the services of a compassionate and dedicated New York City personal injury attorney as soon as you can.
Warning Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home abuse or neglect isn’t always obvious, but there are several potential warning signs for you to look out for that may clue you in on whether acts of neglect or abuse are occurring. Just some of those warning signs are as follows:
- Developing bedsores
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, or other wounds
- Showing signs of fear when certain aides enter the room
- Possessions mysteriously go missing
- Developing sudden personality change
- You notice your loved one wandering the premises
- Your loved one has lost a significant amount of weight or is otherwise constantly complaining of hunger or thirst
- Unsafe living conditions, such as unclean drinking water or expired food being served
- Your loved one outright tells you that an act of neglect or abuse occurred
Reporting Nursing Home Abuse in NYS
If you suspect your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, it’s paramount that you report the incident(s) as soon as you possibly can. If you suspect your loved one is at immediate risk of further harm or they are critically injured, you should call the police immediately. They can ensure your loved one is taken to a hospital and receives medical treatment at once.
You should also report the incident to the New York State Department of Housing or call the Nursing Home Complaint hotline (1-888-201-4563). Ensure you document the incident(s) of abuse to the best of your ability, such as by taking photos or videos of your loved one’s injuries, the unsafe living conditions, and more. Finally, you should swiftly hire a competent New York City nursing home neglect lawyer who can help you fight for the compensation you and your loved one deserve.
Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Today
If your loved one is a victim of neglect or abuse in a nursing home, you can turn to us. We are prepared to fight for the full compensation to which you and your loved one are entitled, every step of the way. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum today to schedule your free case evaluation with our competent legal team.