New York, New Jersey and Nationwide
When your elderly loved ones are no longer able to care for themselves, and when you cannot provide them with the level of care they need to be comfortable, you may rely on a nursing home to help provide the needed attention. Many nursing homes are not only capable of providing exceptional care to their residents, but provide for the elderly to enjoy a fuller life than they may be able to enjoy alone. However, some nursing homes not only fail to provide a modicum of care for their residents, they actually cause harm.
Nursing home abuse and neglect occurs in every state in the U.S. Some studies actually report an increase in nursing home abuse and neglect over the last several years. As the population continues to increase in the U.S., there will be a greater need for nursing homes that can provide for their residents appropriately. Sadly, millions of residents are victims of abuse and neglect every year.
Types of Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
Some of the types of nursing home neglect and abuse include:
- Physical abuse such as hitting or pushing
- Emotional abuse through threats or shouting
- Ignoring or isolating an individual
- Sexual abuse
- Financial exploitation
- Healthcare fraud or abuse
- Neglect such as unsanitary living conditions or malnutrition
The signs of nursing home abuse and neglect can be obvious, such as unexplained cuts, bruises, and broken bones. However, they can also be subtle. Behavioral changes like withdrawal, acting out, and dramatic declines in mental clarity can also be signs of abuse or neglect. We trust the nursing home staff and doctors to let us know if there is something going on with our loved ones.
If you suspect your loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse and neglect, it is important to get them out and contact the authorities and an experienced nursing home abuse attorney. Because chances are there are many more victims in that nursing home that may need help.
Protecting Elderly Peoples’ Rights
Those charged with the care of your elderly loved ones are responsible for providing a safe and healthy environment. When the trust you place in a nursing home is breached, you have the right to pursue justice and compensation. At Morelli Ratner PC, we defend the rights and health of elderly individuals who have experienced abuse or neglect at the hands of those entrusted with their care. We can provide the resources you need for a successful outcome.
If your elderly loved one has experienced abuse or neglect in a nursing home or you suspect abuse, please contact the experienced nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Morelli Ratner PC today. We serve clients and their families throughout New York City, Queens, New York state and New Jersey.