Our New York nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys are dedicated to helping you and your loved ones get justice against facilities who mistreated their residents. The densely packed New York City area has a growing elderly population, many of which are being placed into nursing homes under the promise that they will be well cared for. Unfortunately, not all facilities keep their promise.
How Do I Know if My Loved One is Being Abused or Neglected in a Nursing Home?
Sadly, nursing home abuse and neglect has increased throughout the years. These situations are not always recognized because the victim is unable to communicate the abuse to their loved ones. Abuse in nursing homes can be verbal, physical or sexual. Since the victims are often unable to defend themselves, it’s important to be on the lookout for common signs of abuse and neglect, which include:
- Inattentive staff
- Weight loss
- Bruises and injuries of unknown origin
Poorly Rated Nursing Homes in the New York City Area
In February 2013, CBS reported that a nurse’s aide at Gold Crest Care Center in the Bronx was caught on video abusing a resident with Alzheimer’s disease. The alleged victim’s granddaughter placed a hidden camera in her grandmother’s room when she found bruises on her body and suspected that she was being abused. The nurse’s aide was seen snapping the victim’s arm back, shoving her onto the metal railing and pushing the padding onto her body. The video also shows her hitting the victim twice. Sadly, this case of nursing home abuse is one of many that occur throughout the New York City area. This victim was fortunate enough to have escaped her abuser, but the same cannot be said for other residents in the same situation.
According to the New York State Department of Health, there are 173 nursing homes in the New York Metro-New York City region and 42 nursing home facilities in Westchester County. The NYS Department of Health Quality Comparison database shows that many perform poorly on several measures compared to the national average. For instance, the national average for long-stay residents who have pressure ulcers (pressure sores) between April and September 2012 is 6 percent. At the Richmond Center for Rehabilitation and Specialty Healthcare on Staten Island, a whopping 28 percent of residents had pressure sores for this time period.
Parker Waichman LLP and New York Nursing Home Lawsuits
Our personal injury law firm has years of experience fighting for the rights of nursing home abuse and neglect victims in New York and across the country. In 2012, one of our attorneys was named in VerdictSearch’s Top New York Settlements for his successful representation in a nursing home negligence lawsuit. We are here to help individuals get justice from nursing home facilities that failed to properly care for their residents. To find out more about pursuing a nursing home abuse or neglect lawsuit, please fill out our online form or call our office at 212-267-6700.