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  • Writer's pictureLeitner Varughese Warywoda

Sexual abuse of elderly nursing home residents is on the rise

The Miami Herald recently reported on a very disturbing trend in nursing homes nationwide -- sexual abuse of elderly nursing home residents nationwide is on the rise.

One federal program has cataloged an average of three complaints of sexual abuse of nursing residents per day, or more than 20,000 complaints over 20 years.

These are only the reported cases of sexual abuse determined by one federal program. The unreported instances of sexual abuse in nursing homes are likely staggering. The reported cases also do not include sexual assaults by other residents.

If you believe your loved one has been a victim of unwanted touching or other sexual assault in a nursing home, you should call the local police, and/or the New York State Department of Health's Nursing Home Complaint hotline (1-888-201-4563) which can be called 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

In addition, our firm, Leitner Varughese, can help you and or loved one obtain the justice you are entitled to under the law for such improper actions.

IMPROPER CARE IN NURSING HOMES When you entrust a nursing home with your care or the care of a loved one, you expect that the nursing home will provide proper care. Unfortunately, often times this does not happen, and residents are neglected and even abused. Improper care in the form of neglect and abuse can come in many different forms. It is essential to be aware of the signs:

​Sexual Assault

Wrongful death​ Our law firm, Leitner Varughese, works tirelessly as a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Our firm has facilitated in the recovery of over $50 MILLION in nursing home verdicts and settlements on behalf of neglected residents and their families. If you, a family member or a friend have been injured due to the neglect of others in a nursing home, call Leitner Varughese at (855) LV LAW NY (855-585-2969), or visit our website at Leitner Varughese PLLC is a cutting-edge litigation and trial law firm uniquely experienced in handling high-profile, complex lawsuits involving serious injuries and wrongful death. The Firm has vast experience in handling cases involving Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect. In addition to handling these types of cases, Leitner Varughese PLLC routinely and successfully represents victims that have been sustained serious injuries caused by:

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