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Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

Brooklyn Nursing Home Injury Lawyers

As we age, due to limited mobility, more fragile bodies and perhaps disorientation, we become more susceptible to falling and other injuries. Adding to the overall physical weakening seniors experience is an increase in memory issues, mental confusion and cognitive decline. It is no wonder that seniors residing in nursing homes can be so vulnerable to neglect, injury and abuse.

Families place a lot of trust in nursing home staff to care for their loved ones. It is expected that nursing home staff monitor their well-being, give them proper care and medical attention, and follow procedures to prevent falls and other injuries. The nursing home must have well-trained and properly-screened staff and policies designed to limit the likelihood of falls, as well as other injuries. But many nursing homes are overcrowded and understaffed, or are staffed by people with inadequate training. Without proper policies, adequate staffing and training, it becomes much more likely that falls, accidents and other injuries will happen.

New York Law guarantees rights and protections for nursing home residents against nursing home neglect and abuse. The Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates has decades of experience fighting for the rights of injured seniors and provides a free consultation with one of our experienced injury attorneys. If you or a family member has been a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, please contact an experienced nursing home negligence attorney right away to protect your rights.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

The nursing home neglect and abuse cases we handle include:
• Assault and battery – including kicking, slapping, pushing, pinching, shaking, beating, threats and verbal or emotional abuse
• Repeated or prolonged deprivation of food or water
• Unreasonable physical restraint or seclusion
• Rape or other forms of sexual assault or abuse
• Use of a physical restraint, drug or psychotropic medication for any purpose not consistent with what is authorized by a physician
• Bedsores, falls, fractures, broken bones and other injuries due to neglect

Common Signs of Nursing Home Neglect and Physical and Emotional Abuse

Families and loved ones should be on the lookout for:
• Bed sores/pressure ulcers
• Malnutrition; rapid weight loss or weight gain
• Dehydration
• Infections
• Emotionally agitated, extremely withdrawn and non-communicative
• Wandering
• Reluctant to speak in front of members of nursing home staff
• Sudden or unusual changes in behavior, such as a fear of being touched, rocking, sucking or biting
• Wanting to be isolated from others
• Falls, fractures or head injuries
• Unexpected or unexplained death of the resident
• Unsanitary conditions
• Unexplained wounds, cuts, bruises or welts in various stages of healing

Other Warning Signs of Abuse or Neglect in a Nursing Home

• Injuries requiring emergency treatment
• Any injury involving broken bones, especially a fractured hip
• Heavy medication or sedation
• A resident injures another resident
• Any injury or death that happens during or shortly after an episode of wandering, including outside the facility
• Resident is frequently ill, and the illnesses are not promptly reported to the family and the physician

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Lawyers Serving Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and New Jersey

At the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates, we want to stop nursing home neglect and abuse by making sure that the parties responsible for these injuries are held accountable. Our experienced and compassionate nursing home negligence attorneys provide the aggressive representation you need to receive the compensation and care you deserve. We handle nursing home abuse and injury cases on a contingency basis, which means that you pay no attorney fees unless we collect compensation for you. If you or a loved one has been a victim of injury or abuse in a nursing home, please contact one of our experienced injury attorneys today for a free consultation at 718-509-6816 or contact us online.

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