White Plains Nursing Home Negligence Attorney

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When we send our loved ones to nursing homes, we place our complete trust in the hands of all of those at the facility. We believe that the staff will always take care of our parent, spouse or other loved one as if they were their own family member. Unfortunately, however, reports of negligence, neglect and abuse within long-term care facilities are all too common. Most abusive actions occur behind closed doors and can be challenging to discover. If you suspect that your loved one is not receiving the care they deserve in a New York nursing home, contact a Lever & Ecker, PLLC lawyer.

We will work on your behalf, and on behalf of the victim, to hold those responsible for their actions, or failures to act. Our nursing home negligence lawyers in White Plains, New York, have over 70 years of combined experience helping families seek justice for injuries suffered in nursing homes. Discovering that your loved one is being neglected or abused is frightening, but our team is determined to work on your behalf to hold to account those responsible for their behavior.

How to Know if a New York Nursing Home Resident is Being Neglected or Abused

Whether out of sickness or fear, many individuals suffering from nursing home neglect or abuse have difficulty speaking out against the harm. It is not uncommon for nursing home residents to try to overcome the problems on their own, or simply not report them, leaving the abuse unreported and unnoticed. In order to determine whether your loved one is experiencing negligence, neglect or abuse, look out for the following potential signs:

  • Appetite changes
  • Bedsores or pressure ulcers
  • Behavioral changes
  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Bruising
  • Dehydration
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Head injuries
  • Malnutrition
  • Poor hygiene upkeep
  • Rapid weight loss or gain
  • Social isolation
  • Unsanitary living conditions
  • Withdrawn looks

Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, are among the most common signs of nursing home neglect. Care facility staff must ensure residents do not remain in a chair for longer than 3-4 hours and must reposition immobile residents every ninety minutes to two hours to prevent the development of these painful sores. If left untreated, pressure ulcers can break open, become infected, and travel deep into the muscle and even the bone.

If you feel your family member or loved one has been neglected or abused, you should consult with a nursing home negligence/abuse lawyer as soon as possible. A White Plains nursing home lawyer can help your family member put back the pieces of their life with some semblance of their dignity intact. Victims of nursing home negligence, neglect and abuse can receive monetary compensation for the pain, suffering, and other losses they suffered at the facility.

What Are Some Examples of Nursing Home Abuse in White Plains, New York?

When staff members neglect to perform the necessary care for an individual or act violently toward a nursing home resident, they commit nursing home abuse, and they can be held accountable for their actions. The following are a few examples of negligence, neglect and abuse in assisted care facilities in New York:

  • Providing insufficient food or water
  • Inadequate bathing
  • Taking advantage of a patient’s finances
  • Verbal abuse
  • Physical assault
  • Sexual abuse/assault
  • Failure to treat pain
  • Emotional abuse
  • Medication errors

One of the most common contributing factors of nursing home negligence, neglect and abuse is understaffing. Understaffed nursing homes do not have the labor to provide adequate care for their residents. The employees working at understaffed facilities are often overworked or stressed and may release their frustrations on the residents. At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, we do not take nursing home negligence lightly, and we fight aggressively for the rights of victims injured in care facilities.

What to Do If a Loved One Is Suffering from Nursing Home Abuse in New York?

If you think someone you love is suffering from abuse or neglect in a New York nursing home, you may be able to hold the facility and its staff accountable for their wrongdoing by pursuing legal action. A personal injury claim can help make things right for your family and force the nursing home’s management to hold itself and its staff accountable so that other residents do not suffer the same fate as your loved one in the future.

For a personal injury claim to be successful, negligence, abuse or neglect will need to be established. You can help provide proof of a nursing home facility’s bad conduct by:

  • Taking photos of your loved one’s injuries
  • Photographing their environment (unclean or unsafe conditions)
  • Speaking with your loved one about the importance of telling their story
  • Providing any other evidence that may be helpful, such as documents, photographs, videos, etc.

As the population grows older each year, more and more people enter assisted care facilities. With so many people calling these places home, it becomes increasingly important to hold them accountable when they fail to keep our loved ones safe.

Should I Contact a White Plains Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer?

After discovering that your loved one may be a victim of nursing home abuse, you may feel overwhelmed and frustrated by the lack of care provided. Your loved one may even need medical attention due to negligence in the long-term facility. Turning to an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer to handle the legal process and pursue compensation for the wrongs committed will allow you focus your attention on your loved one’s care and comfort.

Some of the many actions a nursing home abuse lawyer can undertake on behalf of your loved one include:

  • Engaging in direct communications with the facility and/or its lawyers on behalf of the victim, you and your family
  • Handling all legal matters and proceedings
  • Investigating and gathering evidence
  • Commencing and pursuing legal action against the facility and those individuals responsible
  • Pursuing the best possible outcome on your behalf, whether through a settlement that properly awards your family member for the wrongs done to them or at trial in the event the facility does not come forward with a proper settlement offer

Our team of New York nursing home abuse lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC has over 65 years of combined experience advocating for clients’ rights. Trust our team to pursue the best possible outcome for your case.

Contact a White Plains, New York Nursing Home Negligence Attorney

If nursing home personnel have violated your loved one’s rights or failed to satisfy the duty of care owed to your loved one, speak with a Lever & Ecker, PLLC nursing home negligence lawyer. Our legal team has extensive experience helping people in situations like yours seek justice for their loved ones. We can help you establish the negligent party and file a personal injury claim for the damages your family has suffered at the hands of a nursing home facility.

Our lawyers are passionate about helping families get the justice they need. We are here whenever you need us, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we offer bilingual legal representation for our Spanish-speaking clients. We never collect a fee unless we successfully obtain compensation for your loved one’s injuries and other damages.

To learn more about our services and schedule a free consultation, call us at (914) 288-9191 or (718) 933-3632 and fill out our contact form.