Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence Lawyers
Growing older is a natural, and potentially beautiful, part of life. For many of our nation’s elderly, however, what should be their golden years become a nightmare of abuse and neglect. Nursing home abuse and other forms of elder abuse have become sadly prevalent in Manhattan, elsewhere in New York, and throughout the United States. At the law firm of Proner & Proner, our personal injury attorneys are known for standing strong in support of innocent victims and their families against those responsible for their suffering.
If you have entrusted the care of a member of your family to a nursing home and suspect elder abuse, the Manhattan, New York law firm of Proner & Proner can help. Please contact our personal injury attorneys today to learn more about how you can protect the rights of your elderly loved one.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse can take several different forms, including:
- Physical abuse, including hitting, pushing, confinement, and inappropriate use of restraints
- Emotional abuse, including name calling and other forms of ridicule, threats of physical harm, intimidation, and separating the elderly person from social activities
- Sexual abuse, including unwanted physical contact, exposing the elderly person to pornography, ordering the elderly person to disrobe, and sexually explicit conversation
- Theft, whether of money, goods, identity, or any combination thereof
- Neglect, whether intentional or unintentional
- Inappropriate use of drug therapies and other signs of medical malpractice
- Medicaid fraud
While many nursing homes are understaffed and overpopulated, there is no excuse for elder abuse in any form. Throughout New York and the rest of the nation, thousands of people have trusted Proner & Proner to handle their cases, and our attorneys have risen to every legal challenge, no matter how complex. If your elderly loved one shows any sign of abuse, we invite you to turn to us for legal guidance you can trust.
Signs of Abuse
Most healthcare professionals, both within and outside of the nursing home industry, are conscientious and competent. However, it is better to seek help if you suspect elder abuse than risk the health and welfare of your loved one. A nursing home worthy of a good reputation will withstand legal scrutiny, while those guilty of mistreating their inhabitants will be exposed and prohibited from inflicting further harm.
When you visit your elderly loved ones, it is important that you be mindful any potential warning signs of abuse, including:
- Changes in behavior, appetite, or general demeanor
- Signs of possible physical or sexual assault, including bruises, scars, cuts, broken bones, rope burns, stained or bloody undergarments, and rips in clothing
- Signs of possible neglect, including bedsores, an unkempt or unclean appearance, and generally poor living conditions
- Any unexplained financial activity or sudden changes in the elderly person’s financial state
Remember, it is better to report possible elder abuse and be proven incorrect than to remain silent and risk the well-being – and potentially the life – of your loved one.
Learn More about Elder Abuse
If you would like to schedule an evaluation of your potential nursing home abuse case, or if you would simply like further information about elder abuse, please contact the New York City law firm of Proner & Proner today.