Nursing Home Negligence/Elder Abuse
There are thousands of senior citizens each year that suffer abuse, neglect and exploitation in nursing homes, elder-care facilities, as well as by their own families. The phrase "Nursing Home and Elder Abuse" is commonly used in referring to the following:
- Bedsores and skin ulcers
- Physical abuse, physical injures or pain, or broken bones
- Sexual abuse, e.g., non-consensual sexual contact of any kind
- Psychological or emotional anguish, including humiliation, intimidation, or threats
- Exploitation of resources of an elderly individual for another's financial or material gain without their consent
- Caretaker neglect such as failure to provide food, goods or services in order to avoid physical and mental harm e.g., denial of heath services, food and or abandonment.
Victims typically are frail and not able to help themselves. This makes them vulnerable, and often must seek outside assistance to meet their basic needs. If you believe someone is being neglected in a nursing care facility, then there is a chance fellow residents are also under threat from this neglect. Due to the widespread issue of elder abuse, all 50 state legislatures have passed various laws preventing elder abuse. An important first step in protecting the elderly is having knowledge of abuse warning signs. For example, residents of care facilities may sustain physical injuries from abuse, such as bruised or broken bones. In some instances, neglect can led to dehydration and malnutrition in addition to infections that can arise from untreated bedsores. At the Law Offices of Bradley A. Sacks we will investigate to determine if the State and Federal standards of care are being met. We will help you to protect your friend or relative and vigorously seek to obtain compensation for the harm caused to them by neglect, negligence or inhumane treatment.
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If you are concerned and believe an elderly individual might be suffering from abuse or negligence in a nursing home or by a family member or caregiver, contact us online, or telephone 212-349-6171 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss the situation and legal options.