The elderly and disabled who require nursing home care are the most vulnerable and in need of competent, compassionate and coordinated care. Unfortunately, they are the most likely persons in need of care to become victims of the very health care system that they need. The betrayal that is felt when you discover that your vulnerable loved one is the victim of abuse in a nursing home or long term care facility can be emotionally devastating, especially when you entrusted their care to that facility and its staff.
Many times your loved one cannot tell you or are afraid to say that they are abused and mistreated. There may be no visible evidence of the abuse. Whether you have suspicions or concrete evidence, if you believe your loved one has suffered from nursing home abuse, you need to speak with an experienced legal advocate. Contact a Long Island nursing home abuse attorney at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. to schedule a free consultation.
There are many forms of nursing home abuse, and some types are much less obvious than others. Physical, verbal, and sexual abuse are, unfortunately, common in nursing homes. Other abuse includes isolating patients, neglecting their needs, and failing to provide adequate medical care. The theft of personal belongings and money is another common type of elder abuse. Physical injuries can include broken bones and brain injury.
Not only are nursing homes subject to legal standards but persons confined to subacute rehabilitation and assisted living facilities are also protected by New York and Federal laws.
Nursing home patients may be unable to report abuse and misconduct. Limited faculties may prevent them from being able to communicate effectively, or they may not be aware of the abuse. They may also be afraid of retaliation for reporting abuse. Nursing home patients need to be protected from those who prey on their vulnerabilities.
Protecting your loved one from suffering further abuse is our priority. If you believe your loved one is being abused at their living facility, we will help by conducting an investigation. We will listen to your concerns and help you find evidence of abuse. We can also help you file an abuse report with the state.
We will pursue your loved one’s personal injury claim and participate in settlement negotiations with defendants and their insurance companies. Our attorneys are skilled trial attorneys, and they will be ready to take your case to trial if settlement negotiations are unsuccessful.
When nursing home abuse or neglect leads to fatal injuries, surviving family members may be entitled to compensation under a wrongful death claim which will include the pain and suffering of your loved one that was endured.
We cannot erase your loved one’s abuse. We can, however, help to make sure that wrongful conduct is exposed, and responsible parties are held accountable. Contact a Long Island personal injury attorney at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. for a free case evaluation. We will go over the facts of your case and discuss your financial recovery options.