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Act now if you suspect an elder is being abused at a nursing home

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2018 | Nursing Home Abuse

Numerous elderly patients die in nursing homes in New York and throughout the United States every year because of nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect. As such, if you suspect your love done is being abused, it’s absolutely vital that you take action as soon as possible.

If abuse is occurring, you can file a legal action to make it stop and you can also pursue financial restitution to pay for your loved one’s medical costs and other financial damages stemming from the abuse.

How do I hold the nursing home responsible and financially liable?

Nursing home abuse victims will have various legal options available to hold their abusers liable — and also to hold the nursing home liable for allowing the abuse to occur or for creating an environment in which neglect and abuse were common.

Some of the most common nursing home abuse and neglect cases involve allegations such as:

  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • False imprisonment
  • Violation of criminal laws
  • Violations of nursing home and medical care regulations
  • Negligence

Once you file your complaint relating to nursing home abuse or neglect, it could result in one or more of the following proceedings:

  • Your local adult protective services agency investigating the instances of abuse or neglect.
  • A criminal prosecution against those individuals who wronged the abuse or neglect victim.
  • You or your loved one filing a personal injury lawsuit for financial damages stemming from the abuse or neglect.

More about personal injury claims against nursing homes and their staff

Ultimately, both the negligent or abusive nursing home staff members and the negligent nursing home that allowed such abuse to occur can be held liable in a personal injury claim relating to abuse or neglect. Such personal injury actions are filed in civil court and they may involve some or all of the following allegations:

  • Negligence regarding the supervision of employees.
  • Negligence regarding the supervision and care given to the patient.
  • Negligence regarding the hiring of employees.
  • Negligence regarding the upkeep and maintenance of the nursing home.
  • Negligence regarding the upkeep and selection of medical equipment.

Fight for your loved one’s rights: Seek financial restitution and justice in court

The more nursing home abuse victims hold negligent nursing homes and nursing home staff liable for the damages stemming from their negligence and abuse, the more publicity these cases will receive in the public eye. Not only will you be pursuing financial restitution for your loved one, but you may also help to prevent instances of abuse from occurring to other nursing home residents in the future.