There are more than 1.5 million American’s residing in nursing homes throughout the United States. This figure will continue to grow as more adults enter the latter portion of their lives.
When you trust a loved one to a nursing home, you expect staff and management to take every care to protect your family member from harm. When nursing home staff or managers fail to protect residents or, worse yet, inflict harm themselves, it can be heartbreaking, aggravating, and incredibly confusing. You need a competent, clear-headed, and experienced nursing home abuse attorney on your side who can take swift action to protect your loved one while helping your family get the justice you deserve.
To schedule a free case review at our Fishkill office, please call 845-896-5295 today. Attorney Ira M. Maurer welcomes clients from Poughkeepsie and all surrounding Hudson Valley communities.
Common Nursing Home Injuries
One of the most common events associated with nursing home injuries is falling. Without proper attention, fallen seniors can endure hip fractures and many other complications.
This problem is widespread, and according to the Nursing Home Abuse Center, up to 75 percent of nursing home residents fall on an annual basis. This number is more than double the rate for seniors who are not living in nursing home facilities.
Falls are just one of the many issues that result in serious injuries, however. Nursing home negligence and abuse can result in many other physical and emotional injuries, including:
- Bedsores and ulcers
- Physical or sexual assault
- Financial exploitation
- Emotional abuse
- Over or under medication
- Sickness from unsanitary conditions
Injuries due to staff negligence should not and cannot be tolerated. If you suspect a loved one is being mistreated, Ira Maurer is prepared to get to work immediately to help end the abuse and assist your loved one in getting the care he or she needs.
Signs of Neglect and Abuse
Nursing home abuse is often fairly obvious: look for unexplained injures such as bruises, lacerations, or broken bones. Sexual abuse may also have clear signs such as bleeding around private parts, bruises on the breasts or hips, and sexually transmitted diseases. Any sign of sexual or physical mistreatment should be immediately reported to the Office of Children and Family Services and followed up with a call to our office. We will conduct an investigation, work to uncover all forms of mistreatment, and fight for the justice your family deserves. Even if a serious injury has yet to occur, you should be aware of common signs of substandard care.
Signs of neglect may present as general unsanitary conditions, bedsores, soiled clothing and bedding, abandonment, and malnourishment. If you notice several residents alone and unattended to while visiting your loved one, the home itself may be understaffed or providing inadequate caring for the people who live there.
Emotional abuse often looks like fear. If you notice your loved one is fearful around certain staff members or if your loved one has withdrawn from the community or developed new and unusual habits, they may be facing emotional abuse. Talk to them and listen to their experiences. You can often tell if abuse or neglect is happening by simply listening to your loved one.
If you are suspicious of mistreatment, ask questions of staff, management, and ownership. If you are dissatisfied with the answers, talk to an attorney. Even a day spent living in neglect or fear is an unacceptable cruelty, particularly when practiced on nursing home residents who literally rely on the support and assistance of staff to keep them safe and healthy.
Take Action As Soon As Possible
Attorney Maurer fights back against nursing home negligence and helps seniors and their families obtain compensation for physical, emotional, of financial abuse. Mr. Maurer has over 40 years of experience protecting the rights of injured individuals and has won more than 1,000 cases. He understands that you and your family are going through an emotional time. He will focus on providing outstanding client service aimed at getting results as quickly as possible.
To schedule a free consultation with experienced Fishkill nursing home abuse lawyer Ira Maurer, please contact The Maurer Law Firm by calling 845-896-5295 today. Attorney Ira Maurer serves clients and their families throughout Dutchess County as well as nearby areas of New York including Newburgh and Wappingers Falls.