We Stand Up for Victims of Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
More and more people are having to move to nursing homes and assisted living facilities each year. The cost of living in a facility is high, and residents should be able to expect the highest quality of care. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed, and staff members may be untrained, overworked, and underpaid. This can lead to subpar treatment and care of residents.
Nursing home residents should never have to suffer injuries due to neglect or abuse. Even if mistreatment and injuries are unintentional, facilities should be held fully accountable for all of the losses of injury victims. Proving nursing home liability can be challenging, however, and nursing homes are ready to fight against claims. You want to have a New York City nursing home liability lawyer from Sinel & Olesen, PLLC on your side.
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
You would expect that nursing home staff would be committed to providing the highest quality of care for residents. However, neglect and abuse are common issues at many different facilities in the New York City area. Nursing homes can be negligent in many different ways, including:
- Failing to provide proper nutrition or hydration
- Medication errors
- Not providing treatment for medical problems
- Inadequate shelter for residents
- Facilities that are too hot or too cold
- Unsanitary conditions, including not changing clothing or bedding
In addition, some nursing home residents are victims of intentional abuse by staff members or other residents. This can include physical abuse, mental abuse, and sexual abuse. Nursing home neglect and abuse often go unreported, so family members should always closely watch for any signs of injuries or other abuse-related problems.
Bedsores are a Common Injury
One common sign of nursing home neglect or abuse is bedsores. Bedsores develop when a resident is bound to a wheelchair or bed and does not have their position regularly adjusted. Bedsores are completely preventable, though they still regularly occur among the nursing home population due to the following and more:
- Not changing bedding or clothing to keep residents dry
- Not inspecting patients for signs of developing bedsores
- Failing to turn residents regularly
- Not providing cushions or pressure-relieving mattresses
When a nursing home resident develops bedsores, it is a sign that the facility is not providing adequate care. This condition can be painful and, if not properly treated, can cause infections and may even be life-threatening. It is important to contact an attorney if you or a loved one needlessly suffered from bedsores in a nursing home.
Contact Our New York City Nursing Home Liability Lawyers for AssistanceThere is no excuse for subpar treatment of nursing home residents in New York. Residents pay high prices, and they should receive the care they need. At Sinel & Olesen, PLLC, our NYC nursing home liability attorneys handle claims against many different facilities on behalf of injured residents. Call 1-212-465-1000 or contact us online to discuss a possible case today.
QUESTIONS/ANSWERSFrequently Asked Questions
Bedsores occur when individuals don't receive proper care, leading to open wounds and skin irritation caused by friction or pressure on the skin. Common areas for bedsores include the backside, buttocks, and bony areas like heels, ankles, hips, and the head.
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