Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Nursing home abuse attorneys representing victims and their families in Nassau County, Suffolk County, and all five boroughs of New York City.
If you suspect that your loved one may be a victim of elder abuse or neglect, it’s time to contact a Long Island medical malpractice lawyer from Edelman, Krasin & Jaye. You entrust older relatives to the care of nursing home professionals with the understanding that they will provide excellent medical care and attention.
But when that trust is betrayed, you need to enlist the assistance of legal professionals who can protect family members from further abuse. At Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, we have the resources necessary to bring the abusers to justice and obtain fair compensation for the pain and suffering your loved one has sustained.
Nursing home abuse on Long Island
Accurate statistics about nursing home abuse are difficult to come by, due in part to underreporting. In the state of New York, there is no single organization that is responsible for overseeing the methodologies for collecting data. It is clear, however, that elder abuse in many New York nursing homes is a serious problem.
In one recent example on Long Island, nine people were arrested in connection with the death of a resident in a Medford nursing home, when facility staff failed to connect her to a ventilator and ignored patient alarm signals for two hours. One nurse is charged with criminally negligent homicide and a civil complaint has been filed against the home, which attempted a cover up. According to the attorney general of New York, there have been more than 5,000 incidents reported in the Suffolk County nursing home since 2008.
Long Island personal injury attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye are committed to going after those who abuse or neglect patients in nursing homes and have the experience and skills to make sure that abusive parties are held accountable in a court of law.
Nursing home abuse and warning signs
There are several ways in which a nursing home patient might be abused and, unfortunately, it may be difficult to recognize that abuse is taking place due to your loved one’s compromised ability to communicate or fear of speaking up. The following is a list of types of abuse, followed by warning signs.
Physical abuse: striking in any way (hitting, slapping, kicking, pushing, etc.) or taking other intentional actions that physically harm a patient. Physical abuse could also include unnecessary restraint (including “chemical restraint”, in which patients are given unnecessary drugs to render them passive or compliant) or confinement.
Signs of physical abuse include:
- Unexplained bruises, marks, or scars
- Broken bones or sprains
- Irregularities in medication (overdose or evidence that medication has not been administered regularly, leftover medication)
- Broken glasses
- Signs of restraint
Psychological abuse: Shouting/swearing at, mocking or taunting, threatening, shaming or manipulating a patient. This could include threats to not inform authorities or family members about any kind of abuse or neglect. Watch for any signs of abusive, mocking, or threatening speech. They may indicate a larger pattern.
Gross neglect: failing to provide for needs, including food or medical care; misusing medical treatment; leaving the patient in unsanitary conditions.
Signs of gross neglect may include:
- Bed sores or other physical problems are not treated
- The patient or his/her dirty, soiled, or bug-infested
- Environment is unsafe
- Patient is not properly fed or hydrated; weight loss
Sexual abuse: any unwanted or inappropriate sexual touching or behavior.
- Bruises or unexplained bleeding near breasts, genitals or anus
- Venereal disease, otherwise unexplained
- Soiled or torn underwear
Financial exploitation: stealing money or possessions from a patient’s person or room; mismanaging funds on an institutional level; defrauding the patient in any way.
Evidence of financial exploitation may include:
- Missing items or cash
- Suspicious changes to patient’s accounts
- Suspicious changes to official paperwork (e.g. wills)
- Unexplained change in financial condition or unpaid bills
Healthcare fraud or abuse: charging for services not performed; overcharging or “double-billing” for services; providing unnecessary services or drugs; taking payments from companies to prescribe unnecessary drugs or procedures.
- Unnecessary prescriptions or services
- Over- or under-medication
- Poor care
- Problems with inadequate facility and staff
- Duplicate billings
If you see any of these signs of nursing home neglect and/or abuse, particularly a pattern or cluster of them, you are encouraged to contact attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye. We have at our disposal experts who will investigate and document any abuse or neglect in order make a case against the nursing home institution and its employees.
Elder abuse and liability issues
A permanent staff member or contract worker who engages in any kind of abuse listed above is liable to both criminal and civil charges. Nursing homes are also obligated to protect their patients from the abuse of other residents. Finally, hospital administrators may also be liable for providing inadequate oversight or, especially, if they cover up abuse. The legal team at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye employs industry experts who can investigate the circumstances surrounding the abuse and locate all liable parties, including upper levels of administration.
Protecting the rights of abused and neglected seniors
If you suspect that your loved one has been abused, filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit against the administration and staff of the facility is a way to recoup compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and, in the worst cases, wrongful death. More importantly, successful litigation can help victims achieve some measure of justice.
It is important, however, that you be able to prove that the patient in question has actually suffered abuse and neglect. This is where the Long Island medical malpractice lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye can help. If you or a loved one has suffered nursing home abuse in NYC (including Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, Queens or Brooklyn), Suffolk County or Nassau County, contact us at 516-742-9200 for a free consultation and learn how we can assist you in this difficult time.
- NationalCenter on Elder Abuse, Statistics/data http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/Library/Data/index.aspx
- NationalCenter on Elder Abuse, Abuse of Residents at Long Term Care Facilities http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/Resources/Publication/docs/NCEA_LTCF_ResearchBrief_2013.pdf
- CBS Local: New York, 9 Arrested In L.I. Nursing Home Probe Following Patient’s Death http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/02/11/9-arrested-in-l-i-nursing-home-probe-following-patients-death/
- Long Island Press, AG: Medford Nursing Home Neglect Led to Resident’s Death http://www.longislandpress.com/2014/02/12/ag-medford-nursing-home-neglect-led-to-residents-death/