Nursing home residents often have physical or mental impairments that leave them vulnerable to neglect and abuse by staff members or other residents. In many cases, it is a family member who alerts authorities when a nursing home resident is a victim of abuse or neglect.
If you visit someone in a nursing home, you should know and actively look for the warning signs of neglect and abuse. Report your concerns to the facility’s administrators, or call 911 if the situation is life-threatening.
If the nursing home’s response is not timely and satisfactory and the resident suffers serious harm, you should talk to a nursing home neglect attorney.
In Upstate New York, the lawyers of Powers & Santola, LLP, work to hold nursing homes liable when residents are abused or neglected. Call us or contact us online now for a free claim review to find out how we can help you.
Signs of Abuse & Neglect in Nursing Homes & Other Facilities
It is important that friends and family members who visit nursing home residents do not dismiss their complaints about mistreatment. However, many nursing home residents are unable to speak for themselves.
If a nursing home resident is unable to speak up, visitors should be concerned if the resident becomes agitated in the presence of certain nursing home staff members or residents. If staff members won’t let you see a resident or won’t leave you alone with a nursing home resident, this may also be cause for concern.
Other warning signs of nursing home neglect and abuse include:
- Signs of dehydration or malnutrition.
- Poor personal hygiene.
- Soiled or inadequate bedding or clothing.
- Fecal or urine smells.
- Untreated illness or other health problems, including pressure sores (bedsores).
- Unexplained or uncharacteristic withdrawal from activities.
- Physical injuries, including unexplained or inadequately explained cuts, bruises, burns, welts, broken bones, etc., including signs of restraint.
- Sexual injuries, including bruises around the breasts or genitals, vaginal or anal bleeding, venereal disease or genital infections.
- Financial losses, including unexplained disappearance of money, stock or valuable possessions; abrupt changes in a will or other financial documents; forged signatures in financial documents; provision of unnecessary services.
- Sudden uncommunicative or nonresponsive behavior.
- Changes in alertness.
Report Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse
If you believe a nursing home resident is being neglected or abused, notify the nursing home’s administration about your concerns immediately. If it could be a life-threatening situation, seek emergency assistance.
You should also talk to an experienced attorney if a loved one has been harmed while residing in a long-term care facility. Nursing homes and similar facilities have a legal duty to provide proper care and protection to residents. They should be held accountable when they fail to meet this obligation.
Powers & Santola, LLP, investigates cases of nursing home neglect and abuse in Albany and Onondaga counties, and throughout New York State. We can help hold a nursing home and its managers and employees liable if a loved one of yours has suffered neglect or abuse at a long-term medical care facility. We can help you initiate a complaint to the New York State Department of Health, Nursing Home and ICF/MR Surveillance, and a lawsuit to recover compensation.
A lawsuit may seek payment for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other losses caused by the neglect or abuse of a nursing home resident. We work hard to hold negligent nursing homes liable for the harm they cause and obtain answers for families like yours.
Contact a Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer in Upstate New York
If you have seen signs of abuse or neglect in a resident of a New York nursing home, Powers & Santola, LLP, is here to help you. Our attorneys work to help families like yours receive a full and fair financial recovery.
Call or contact us online today for a free, no-obligation initial legal consultation.