Unfortunately, nursing home negligence and abuse occurs quite frequently. The effects on a nursing home resident and his or her family can be devastating.
Attorneys at PNH have secured top compensation for the victims and their families when such abuse has occurred. Negligent/abusive practices include:
- Lack of sufficient care resulting in bed sores and ulcers
- Improper use of physical restraints
- Improper administration of medications
- Lack of proper supervision resulting in falls
- Malnutrition, weight loss and dehydration
- Physical, sexual and mental abuse
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in Syracuse NY
People are living longer now than ever before. In fact, the number of elderly citizens in the US is forecasted to more than triple by 2050. While this increase is a testament to better and more accessible health care, many people living beyond the age of 65 must rely on family members for help with everyday tasks. Some require more medical attention and assistance with daily tasks than their family and loved ones are able to provide. Moving older family members to nursing homes and long-term care facilities is oftentimes the only available solution.
Instances of elder abuse have been making quite a few headlines over the last several years. As many as 10% of participants in a recent survey conducted by the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) admitted they had experienced some form of mistreatment during the year leading up to the inquiry. Reports indicate this number surges to more than 50% among patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
This type of harm occurs in the form of mental, physical, and even financial wrongdoing and is known to occur at the hands of relatives and nursing home personnel alike. Our elderly loved ones cared for us when we needed them, and they deserve the same type of dignity, respect and empathy during the later stages of their lives. Laws exist to protect the aging population. When the rights of elderly patients or nursing home residents are violated, the victims need representation from a lawyer with experience prosecuting nursing home abuse.
At Porter Nordby Howe LLP, we understand the emotional and physical toll this type of injustice can take on the victim and his/her family. The NCEA notes that those who are abused have a 300 times greater risk of untimely death than others in their age category. They’re also more likely to suffer from digestive issues, elevated blood pressure, depression, anxiety, heart conditions, joint pain or degeneration, as well as a number of other health-related concerns.
In a perfect world, offenses like these would never occur, but unfortunately they happen every day. Only about 7% of abuse cases are ever reported to the proper authorities. In some instances, victims are afraid or ashamed to bring their experiences to the attention of someone who could help. Their abusers may have threatened them, or they fear no one will believe them. In the case of dementia patients, victims are often unable to report abuse. Other times, care facility staff members realize a problem exists or simply look the other way.
If you believe an elderly loved one has been harmed or neglected, or if you are a victim of such abuse, please contact us. We’ll put our legal knowledge, extensive resources, and network of expert witnesses to work for you. Let us get you compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial damages incurred as a result of abuse from nursing home personnel or home-based caregivers and ensure they’re held responsible for their actions. Our nursing home abuse lawyers in Syracuse NY stand ready to fight for your rights or to be the voice of a loved one who can no longer speak for themselves.