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New York Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

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In theory, nursing homes should be places where we can trust our loved ones will be taken care of, and 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. Contact a New York nursing home abuse lawyer from Zlotolow & Associates today so we can fight for the justice you deserve.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer | Here to Protect Your Family

Our firm has more than 20 years of experience successfully taking on nursing home facilities that abuse or neglect their residents. A Long Island personal injury lawyer from Zlotolow & Associates will take immediate action to put a stop to mistreatment and get medical care for any injuries your loved ones may have suffered, and 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.

Examples of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

Some of the most common examples of nursing home abuse and neglect are as follows:

  • Physical abuse, such as overmedication, unnecessary restraints, or hitting patients.
  • Verbal or emotional abuse, such as yelling at or isolating patients.
  • Financial abuse, such as coercing patients to sign over certain assets or even outright stealing their personal belongings.
  • Failing to give patients adequate daily attention, resulting in pressure sores, malnutrition, or dehydration.
  • Allowing patients to wander or “elope,” especially patients in memory care units.
  • Allowing for unsanitary or unsafe nursing home conditions.
  • Understaffing, leading to the neglect of patients and their needs.
  • Failing to report accidents or falls.
  • Instances of sexual abuse.

These are all horrific things to imagine your loved one is going through, but it is important to pay attention to any potential warning signs so you can alert the appropriate authorities and get your loved one the care they need. Some warning signs of physical, emotional, or financial abuse can include:

  • Noticing possessions mysteriously going missing.
  • Patients showing signs of fear around certain aides or staff.
  • Patients having bruises or cuts that they can’t (or refuse) to explain.
  • Sudden changes in a patient’s mood or personality.
  • Constant complaints of hunger or thirst.

These are just some of the most common signs of nursing home abuse and neglect, and ultimately, if you get a sense that something is wrong, you should take action at once.

What Should I Do if My Loved One is a Victim of Abuse?

If you believe your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, the first thing you should do is ensure he or she gets the medical treatment they need. If they are in imminent danger, you should call the police. You should also photograph or videotape any unsafe nursing home conditions and/or the injuries your loved one has sustained.

Once you do so, you should notify nursing home management. If any witnesses are present, you should get their contact information. Make it a point to keep copies of all medical documentation associated with your loved one’s injuries.

Finally, you should retain the services of a skilled and compassionate nursing home abuse lawyer who can help you fight for the justice you and your family deserve. Our job is to protect your loved one and hold all responsible parties accountable for their actions.

Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Today

If your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, our firm is here to help. 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.

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