New York City Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorneys

New York City Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers

In theory, nursing homes should be places where we can trust our loved ones will be taken care of, where they have the dedicated staff to handle the needs of our elderly and infirm family members. In practice, however, far too many nursing homes become places of suffering, where residents endure abuse and neglect at the hands of their supposed caretakers. When this happens, it is important to seek legal representation to ensure the abuse stops, and to obtain compensation for any harm your loved ones have suffered.

The compassionate New York nursing home abuse lawyers at Zlotolow & Associates have more than 20 years of experience successfully taking on nursing home facilities that abuse or neglect their residents. Our attorneys will take immediate action to put a stop to mistreatment and get medical care for any injuries your loved ones may have suffered, and we will aggressively investigate any allegations of abuse or neglect. Our team has the resources to stand up to the owners of these nursing homes, and we will fight to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Contact Zlotolow & Associates today to schedule a free consultation about your legal options, and learn how we can help you protect your loved one from suffering any further harm.

How to Report Suspected Nursing Home Abuse in New York City

When a nursing home is operated more like a business than a care facility, residents can suffer injury from abuse and neglect. It is important to recognize signs of mistreatment and to report it to authorities.

If you think a resident of a nursing home or another long-term care facility in New York City is being abused or neglected, you should:

  1. For a resident in immediate danger, either take the person from the home to get help, or call 911. If the resident cannot or does not need to leave the home promptly, make arrangements for you or others you trust to spend more time with the resident as the treatment is investigated.
  2. Advise a manager of the facility about your reasons for concern about a resident’s condition. Follow up your discussion with a written report. Ask for a response in writing. Be wary of quick assurances or excuses.
  3. Save any correspondence with the nursing home’s management, and make additional notes about the resident’s condition and what you think may have happened.
  4. Contact our NYC nursing home abuse attorneys right away. We can help you make a formal complaint to the New York State Department of Health, Division of Nursing Home and ICF/IID Surveillance, if you have not already done so. That agency is responsible for investigating complaints about resident abuse, neglect, mistreatment, and other incidents occurring in nursing homes in New York state that are related to violations of state and/or federal regulations.

We will also initiate our own independent investigation of your loved one’s condition and treatment. In most cases, we can work much faster than overburdened state personnel and can obtain immediate assistance for a nursing home resident who may need medical care or other assistance.

In addition, if our investigation finds evidence of abuse or neglect, we will demand compensation for all medical costs, personal property damage, pain, suffering, and financial losses, including the cost of moving a to a new long-term care facility, if that is necessary.

Schedule a free consultation with our nursing home neglect attorneys today to discuss your concerns, and learn how we can help.

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Recognize What Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Look Like

The elderly and infirm are highly susceptible to mistreatment that can quickly lead to serious illness, injury, or death. A nursing home resident’s complaint of neglect or abuse should never be ignored.

However, a nursing home resident may fear worse treatment if he or she complains. And in some cases, elderly and infirm adults are unable to communicate effectively.

Nursing home abuse can take many possible forms, and you should act quickly if you see evidence of any of the follow issues:

  • Unexplained injuries, including bruises, cuts, or scrapes
  • Unexplained changes in behavior or mood
  • Unexplained changes in weight
  • Ligature marks or other signs of involuntary restraint
  • Bed sores or other open wounds
  • Soiled or bloody garments or bedding
  • Emotional withdrawal or depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Damaged personal items
  • Unexplained expenses or property transfers

A Cornell University study found that abuse by fellow residents of nursing homes is a growing problem and often the primary cause of abuse in a home. Resident-to-resident mistreatment includes acts of verbal or physical abuse, inappropriate sexual behavior, or invasion of privacy, among other incidents.

Many cases of nursing home abuse and neglect result from poorly trained staff or a lack of staffing and funding. However, the worst cases occur when staff members purposely harm residents who are unable to defend themselves. Regardless of the cause, allowing or perpetrating the abuse or neglect of a nursing home resident is an actionable offense under criminal and civil law in New York. If you suspect abuse or neglect of a nursing home resident, you need to take action.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my case take?

The amount of time it takes to resolve your case will depend on multiple factors. First, it is important that you take the time you need to heal. Once you reach maximum medical improvement, we will be able to estimate the extent of your damages. Second, you are the one who decides when you want to settle or go to court. Our attorneys will present you with every settlement offer and explain whether we feel you are owed more. We will negotiate aggressively and be prepared to take your claim before a judge and jury, if necessary. But a lawsuit does take time, and it is ultimately your decision on how you want to proceed.

What will my lawyer handle for me?

Our full-service personal injury law firm will handle all aspects of your claim, including communicating with the insurance company, filing your property damage claim, and keeping track of your medical records. We will also launch our own investigation into the cause of your accident to identify every possible source of compensation. And we will bring in medical experts and financial professionals to help evaluate your claim and determine what full and fair compensation should be.

What will I have to do for my personal injury case?

You need to stay focused on your health. Make sure you follow your doctor’s orders and make it to all your appointments. Start a journal to document how your injury is affecting your everyday life, both physically and emotionally. And protect your privacy by taking a break from social media and not talking about your case.

Contact Our NYC Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers Today

Do not hesitate to act if you suspect that a person is being subjected to abuse or neglect in a New York nursing home. Contact the experienced nursing home abuse lawyers at Zlotolow & Associates today. In addition to helping clients with their personal injury cases in New York City, we also service The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, and Suffolk. If you believe a loved one has suffered in the care of a nursing home, please contact the personal injury attorneys at Zlotolow & Associates by calling us toll-free at (866) 800 – 0092, or visit our contact page for a free consultation.

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