New York City Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Abuse of the Elderly
Nursing homes are entrusted with the care of beloved elderly patients, promising professional assistance and attentive treatment. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some statistics estimate that more than one million Americans aged 65 and older are have been the victim of nursing care negligence or abuse. The New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study found that 1 in 13 elderly adults in the state of New York was victimized by some form of elder abuse during the course of the one-year study.
Although government agencies including the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services monitor the quality of elder care facilities, instances of abuse can and do occur. Families trust nursing homes with the care of their loved ones, and it is appalling to think that sometimes these very facilities can become a source of pain and danger for residents. You should know that your loved one has legal rights to protect him or her from wrongful treatment in long-term care facilities. Some of the most common instances of nursing home negligence or abuse include:
Bed sores are usually formed when the victim experiences persistent stress on a part of the body - often from laying in one position for too long. These sores can be extremely painful and even fatal. Bed sores are a sign of neglect, as nursing homes and hospitals are required to prevent and plan against bed sores by taking proper precautions which include, turning the patient, using a special bed and so forth.
Slip and Fall
There are a number of nursing home errors that can put a resident in danger of slipping or falling, including failure to account for past injuries or health risks, poorly trained staff members, inappropriate footwear or walking aids, or the presence of hazards such as wet floors or broken assistance.
There are many other forms of elder abuse that can occur in care facilities, including gangrene, wrong medication, aspiration pneumonia, over-sedation, theft, abandonment, faulty equipment or even, sexual assault. These circumstances are unacceptable. The federal 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law requires care facilities to protect and promote the health, dignity, self-determination, and rights of elderly residents. New York also has its own state laws - found in §2801-d - which are designed to protect nursing home residents and ensure the right of victims to seek financial compensation through private lawsuit in the event of negligence or abuse. Every individual deserves respect and quality of life. If you feel that you or a loved one may be the victim of wrongful treatment in an elder care facility, you should seek legal help right away to fight for your rights and protect your interests.
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At Jaroslawicz & Jaros, LLC, we are committed to helping victims of elder abuse recover the compensation they deserve from at-fault care facilities. Our New York City personal injury attorneys have recovered more than $1 billion in damages and we are known for our close involvement in working with each client. If we represent you, rest assured that your case will never be passed off to an inexperienced paralegal or secretary - you will always work directly with one of our top-ranked and award-winning attorneys. We write and argue our own appeals and always work directly with our clients to resolve their case.
If you believe that your loved one has been the victim of nursing home negligence or abuse, seek legal help right away. Enlisting an attorney from Jaroslawicz & Jaros, LLC means that you will have a trusted legal mind by your side to fight for the legal rights of your loved one - defending their interests and helping you recover due compensation for wrongs suffered. Our firm is committed to advocating for victims of elder abuse and seeking damages in situations of nursing home negligence. Remember, cases must be filed before a statute of limitations, so it is imperative that you address the case right away to avoid missing this deadline. Call us today and receive a free case evaluation.