When you move your loved one into a nursing home, you expect the facility to take the best possible care of them. When caregivers instead abuse or neglect your loved one, you need to act and protect your family member. A New York nursing home abuse lawyer can help you hold people accountable if your relative suffered harm at their hands.
What Are Some Indicators of Nursing Home Abuse?
There are a few things to look out for if you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected. Common signs of trouble include:
Personality or behavior changes: An abuse victim might become more withdrawn and quiet. They might flinch more or seem like they are on edge around people. They can even develop odd habits, like rocking or sucking their thumb.
New injuries: An older relative occasionally getting injured is not all that strange. However, if they seem to have picked up new injuries every time you see them or you notice issues that are commonly associated with neglect, like bedsores, that should be a cause for alarm.
Caregivers will not leave you alone: A caregiver should give you some time alone with your relative when you come to visit. One that seems reluctant to leave your loved one alone with you could be hiding something.
What Should I Do If My Loved One is Being Abused or Neglected?
If you believe that a loved one is suffering harm at the hands of nursing home staff you should:
- Take pictures of any injuries
- Get your relative medical care
- Keep records of medical care received along with copies of medical bills
- Notify the nursing home
- Get ready to move your relative to a new facility, if necessary
- Keep records of suspicious financial transactions if financial abuse is suspected
- Contact a personal injury lawyer
A nursing home abuse lawyer from our firm can help you fight for compensation and hold the people who did your loved one harm accountable.
What Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Do in a Nursing Home Abuse Case?
Our firm has more than two decades of experience handling cases like these. We can help you and your loved ones with cases where your relative is being:
- Deprived of food or water
- Verbally or emotionally abused
- Isolated from other patients
- Neglected to the point of developing bedsores and other ailments
- Physically abused
- Sexually abused
- Financially abused
- Kept in unsafe or unsanitary conditions
No one should have to face any of these issues in their golden years. Our attorneys can help you make things right.
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If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected, you have to do something. A compassionate attorney from Zlotolow & Associates can help you. Schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you hold these negligent or malicious caregivers accountable for what your relative has experienced.