Our Attorneys Can Obtain Just Recovery for Victims of Nursing Home Neglect
When a loved one resides in a nursing home, an incredible amount of trust is placed in caregivers and administrators. Because nursing home residents are often very vulnerable, any amount of negligence on the part of their caregivers can have devastating consequences. Our Long Island attorneys are experienced in representing victims of all types of nursing home abuse, including neglect. If your loved one has been injured because of nursing home neglect, contact Levine & Slavit, PLLC serving Long Island, New York City, and Manhattan. We can quickly determine whether you have a case, and help you and your family secure the compensation you will need in order to cope with the aftermath of neglect.
What is Nursing Home Neglect?
Neglect is defined as the failure to meet the basic needs of a dependent party. These needs can include proper nutrition, hygiene, and appropriate medical care. Signs of ongoing neglect can include bed sores, dehydration, and malnutrition. Residents who are sedentary need to be regularly moved in order to avoid damage to tissue. Sitting or laying in the same position for an extended period of time can result in bed sores (also called pressure sores) and persistent infection, which can become a life-threatening condition. Many residents’ medical or physical conditions render them unable to feed themselves or drink fluids independently. Additionally, many residents have specific dietary requirements that need to be followed closely.
Neglect can also have more immediate consequences, including:
- Elopement: If patients are not properly monitored, they may leave the grounds, making them exponentially more vulnerable. A patient with dementia, for example, may unknowingly wander into traffic.
- Falls: Diminished mobility can place many nursing home residents at increased risk of falls. Nursing home staff have a responsibility to ensure the safety of residents, and facility conditions must be properly maintained to minimize the risk of a fall.
- Medication Errors: Overmedication or failure to correctly administer a medication, including missed doses, can have potentially deadly consequences for nursing home residents.
- Suffocation: Sheets, bed rails, and mattresses can trap, strangle, or suffocate patients if caregivers fail to take precautions.
Filing a Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuit
If you suspect your loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect, secure the help of an attorney who is trained to identify the subtlest signs that your loved ones’ needs are not being met. We can file a lawsuit on your behalf, and present a compelling case to help you and your family collect damages. Nursing home neglect can have traumatic physical and emotional consequences, and the cost of medical care and counseling can be immense. Our attorneys will provide compassionate service and aggressive representation to help you secure the compensation you deserve.
Protect Your Loved Ones’ Rights
Nursing home neglect and abuse are prevalent crimes, and the Long Island team at Levine & Slavit is committed to protecting victims’ rights. Schedule a consultation with us to learn more about how our attorneys can represent you or a loved one in a nursing home neglect lawsuit.