Bronx Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that by 2050, 20 percent of the population of the United States will be 65 years old or older and as many as 19 million people over the age of 85. As our parents age, there may come a time when we are forced to consider nursing home care in order to ensure their physical and medical needs are met if we are unable to care for them at home. As with any medical professional, we expect our aging parents will be treated with dignity, proper medical care and will not be exploited.
More Prevalent Than Thought
A study that was conducted in 2000, found that as many as 44 percent of 2000 patients believed they were victims of abuse while 95 percent believed they had been neglected or seen other patients neglected. While this study may be aged, the statistics are sobering. Nearly half of patients who are suffering Alzheimer’s may have been mistreated by a caregiver at one time or another and unfortunately, the abuse in nursing homes may not be limited to those who have responsibility for direct care. If your family member appears to have any of the signs of physical, emotional or financial abuse, a nursing home abuse lawyer should be contacted immediately.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Unfortunately, abuse comes in all forms in a nursing home and sometimes the signs are not physical. Abuse can include physical, emotional, sexual, exploitation and neglect. The signs a family member should be aware include:
- Bruising or marks on body – Family members should always be aware of bruising on their elderly family member’s body. While it is not unusual for an elderly person to bruise easier, distinguishing between a legitimate accident and abuse is important.
- Emotional abuse signs – If your loved one is suddenly withdrawn, not as alert as you expect them to be or displays signs of depression for no apparent reason, they may be suffering emotional abuse.
- Sexual abuse signs – When a loved one suddenly flinches when you touch them it is a good idea to look for other signs of sexual abuse including bruising around the breasts or genitals or unexplained genital bleeding.
- Exploitation signs – If your loved one seems overly concerned about their finances, they may be suffering from financial exploitation from the nursing staff.
- Bedsores – Bedsores are a common sign of neglect. They start to appear on patients who haven’t been receiving proper care or cleaning. The stage of the bedsores can tell you about the severity of the neglect.
Any unusual behavior that seems uncharacteristic and cannot be reasonably explained may be a sign that your loved one is suffering abuse. It is imperative that any signs of abuse are reported immediately.
Abuse is Often Not Reported
Unfortunately, a New York study of nursing home and elder abuse found that as many as 25 percent of all cases of exploitation and abuse goes unreported. The same study showed that elder abuse may be as common as 76 incidents per 1,000 patients. These numbers are frightening and this is something we should all be aware of.
What Happens if You Identify Abuse
First and foremost it is imperative that you ensure your loved one is safe from physical harm. New York has several mechanisms for reporting abuse in nursing homes including various agencies that offer elder services where you can reach out for support and to report abuse or neglect.
As a Bronx lawyer, Attorney Ivan M. Diamond is committed to ensuring that your loved one is fairly represented in court and that the people who caused them any type of harm are held accountable for their actions. Call him at 877-960-1702 if you believe your loved one is suffering from physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect or financial exploitation and we will help you hold the responsible parties accountable.
The Law Offices of
888 Grand Concourse #1L
Ivan M. Diamond
Bronx, NY 10451
Phone: (718) 588-2000
Ivan M. Diamond is available for home and hospital visits, as well as weekend and evening appointments.
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