Uncovering Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Paying careful attention to the several signs of nursing home abuse, neglect and negligence may help you to uncover potential wrongdoing being inflicted on your elderly loved one. Elderly people are at high risk of being abused and/or neglected as many of these situations go unnoticed or under-reported. In addition, because your loved one may be suffering from dementia or have other signs of reduced cognitive function, it may be harder to tell if there is actual neglect occurring. If you see signs that your loved one is being neglected and/or abused in a New York nursing home, our law firm, Leitner Varughese PLLC, may be able to help you.
Marked changes in behavior, personality or increased conflict between your loved one and the nursing home staff (nurses and aides ("certified nursing assistants") may be a warning sign of nursing home neglect.
Signs of physical mistreatment may include broken bones, fractures, dislocations or other unexplained injuries; bruising; unauthorized restraints, including tying up body parts with roped or cords; and the resident acting frightened when being left alone with the nursing staff.
Pay careful attention to the interactions between your loved one and the nursing staff for signs and symptoms of possible emotional abuse and/or neglect. For instance, condescending, controlling, harsh or threatening interactions may be a warning sign.
Nursing home neglect or negligence may be prevalent in several ways. Pay careful attention if your loved one has bedsores / decubitus ulcers / pressure ulcers. If the nursing staff makes you leave the room any time care is being given, be on the lookout for skin breakdown.
Pay attention to whether your loved one has clean sheets, and clean diapers, adult briefs and undergarments. Failure to change and clean your loved one is a common sign of neglect and can lead to dangerous situations including bed sores and other skin breakdown.
If your loved has sustained falls in a nursing home, this may be a sign of nursing home neglect for failure to properly supervise and guard against injuries and accidents. There are many interventions that may be proper for a nursing home to put into place if a resident is at risk for falling and/or accidents, including: visual monitoring program, frequent staff rounding, bed alarms, chair alarms, floor mats, low bed, placing resident near the nursing station, padded undergarments to prevent hip injuries, Falling Star program, amongst other interventions.
If you believe that your loved one has been abused and or mistreated in a New York nursing home, call Leitner Varughese PLLC today to see what your legal rights are.
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, and has vast experience handling these cases in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Bronx County, Kings County, Richmond County, Queens County, New York County, Westchester County and Rockland County.
In addition to handling these types of cases, Leitner Varughese PLLC routinely and successfully represents victims that have been sustained serious injuries caused by:
Construction Accidents Medical Malpractice Motor Vehicle Accidents Trip / Slip & Fall Accidents Labor Law Violations Negligent Premises Security Products Liability Defective Drugs
Leitner Varughese is currently investigating New York nursing home injuries involving:
Bed Sores or Pressure Sores (also known as “decubitus ulcers” or “pressure ulcers”) Falls resulting in fractures or other serious injury Infection or Sepsis Head injuries Injuries of unknown origin Malnutrition or Dehydration
Medication Errors Choking Clogged Breathing Tubes Infected PEG tubes Physical or Sexual Assault or Abuse Physical or Chemical Restraints
Burns Alzheimer's and other dementias Assaults by staff