Nursing Home Neglect

Kingston NY Nursing Home Neglect Attorney

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According to the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987, every nursing home resident has the right to be treated with dignity and respect, free of neglect and abuse. Across America, there are over 1.5 million people cared for in nursing homes every year.  Though most nursing homes are filled with competent and caring people, there are many that employ people that cause physical, mental and psychosocial harm.  When this happens, whether it is intentional or caused by neglect, the family of the mistreated resident may have to consider legal options. Nursing home malpractice is a spreading form of abuse that is substantially underreported. You have the right to take legal action against nursing homes if someone you care about is hurt because of abuse or neglect. Every resident is vulnerable. Every employee, including administration, volunteers, and other residents can be perpetrators. If your loved one is the resident of a nursing home and is subject to abuse or neglect, you should contact an attorney. Jeff Brody Injury Law has been a legal resource to those who need to hold a nursing home responsible for mistreatment.

Causes for litigation

Nursing homes must treat patients well. When legal intervention is necessary, contact Jeff Brody Injury Law.  Over the many years of service, Mr. Brody handled countless cases of physical and sexual abuse, including unreasonable physical restraint, assault, and battery, confining a resident to his or her room, and cases where caretakers were caught hitting, pushing, shaking, and beating residents. In addition, Jeff Brody Injury Law effectively represents nursing home victims of medical neglect and neglect of care, including poor access to medical services, medication errors, unsanitary conditions, failure to assist in personal hygiene, failure to protect from health and safety hazards, prevent dehydration, malnutrition, falls, and bedsores.

What should I do if my loved one is being abused or neglected?

If your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, you may be their best advocate. Your first step should be to work within the nursing home first. Get the care that your loved one deserves. Make sure they are on top of the situation. Force them to provide acceptable care. Next, consider your legal options. You should collect evidence and document the problems your loved one faces. Take photos of anything that demonstrates neglect or abuse.  After that, contact an attorney to guide you through your options and passionately advocate on your behalf.

Bedsores and contractures

Bedsores and contractures are common signs of neglect in a nursing home. Bedsores are a condition that develops when a patient stays in one place for too long. Patients that are bedridden need to be moved regularly and monitored for bedsores. The most prominent area for bedsores to develop is at the base of the spine, though they are seen on the heels of the feet. Unfortunately, it is very hard to see those develop unless you dress your family member or monitor for bedsores during your visit. Though bedsores are not always avoidable, a pattern of them is a sign of neglect. If you believe that your loved one is not checked, supervised, monitored, and cared for in an appropriate way, you need to contact an attorney.

A Contracture is a condition when a normally elastic and flexible skeletal muscle tissue turns rigid and fiber-like. When a nursing home resident is in a fixed position for too long, Contractures are avoidable. They are caused by neglect when a nursing home resident is not moved enough or restrained for too long. Most of the time, the nursing home staff is to blame.  Nursing home staff is obligated to work with nursing home residents to increase mobility in fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles in order to avoid contractures. As contractures form, patients are less and less able to care for themselves. To alleviate the symptoms, intensive medical intervention may be required.  If your loved one develops contractures, contact our law firm for a consultation.

Contact an Ulster County attorney to protect the rights of your loved one

Nursing homes should offer excellent care to your loved one. When they do not meet the standard of care your loved one deserves, you should consider your legal options. In order to protect your family from the pitfalls of a poor nursing home, contact Jeff Brody Injury Law. Mr. Brody fights for the rights of the abused and neglected. There is a variety of factors that constitute the need for litigation. If you need quality legal services, contact Jeff Brody Injury Law for a free consultation today.