Nursing home neglect – or a failure to provide food, hydration, medication, health care, protection or other necessities of life to a resident of a long-term care facility – is a serious problem. Victims of nursing home neglect are often unable to fend for themselves due to age, illness or disability.
The attorneys of Powers & Santola, LLP, help victims of neglect and their families recover compensation for medical care necessary for their recovery, and for pain and suffering and other losses.
We help victims of nursing home neglect throughout New York State from our law offices located in Albany and Syracuse. We’ll fight for full and fair financial compensation for your family’s losses.
Contact us today to find out how we can help.
Common Types of Nursing Home Neglect
The National Center for Elder Abuse says about 15 percent of complaints about abuse in U.S. nursing homes and board-and-care facilities are for gross neglect.
Nursing home neglect primarily occurs in two forms:
- Active neglect – Willful failure to fulfill caretaking functions and responsibilities toward a nursing home resident. This includes abandonment and deprivation of food, water, heat, hygiene, or health-related services.
- Passive neglect – Non-willful failure to fulfill caretaking responsibilities because of nursing care staff members’ inadequate knowledge or training, or because they devalue routine or prescribed services.
Legal Action over Neglect at a Nursing Home
Nursing home residents are usually in the facilities because physical and/or mental impairments have made them unable to perform tasks essential to caring for themselves. It is essential that the staff and management of nursing homes fulfill their legal and contractual obligation to provide care and protection to facility residents.
When they do not, either willfully or through negligence, they may be held liable for the harm that their neglect causes.
The attorneys of Powers & Santola, LLP, work to hold the nursing homes and their managers and employees liable if someone has suffered neglect at a long-term care facility in New York.
Through interviews of nursing home staff, review of medical records and other facility documentation, and other onsite investigative work, we can determine whether individuals and/or the nursing home as a whole should be held liable for a resident’s neglect.
For instance, negligent policies or inadequate facilities may be the reason residents with dementia are allowed to wander from a nursing home, or why residents are not fed or bathed regularly. A review of employee backgrounds may reveal inadequate training or hiring practices that make unsuitable personnel responsible for residents’ welfare.
At Powers & Santola, LLP, we help nursing home residents and their families get answers about allegations of neglect in New York care facilities. We can help you obtain compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other losses caused by the neglect of a loved one.
Contact an Upstate New York Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer
If your loved one has complained about or shown signs of neglect in in a New York nursing home, take action.
Contact the attorneys of Powers & Santola, LLP, by phone or online now. The consultation and claim review is free. We don’t charge legal fees unless or until you obtain compensation.