Our Lawyers Are Filing Claims Against Brooklyn Nursing Homes That Neglect Residents
Neglect is one of the most common forms of nursing home abuse across the country, including Brooklyn. It has always been a serious issue but has become even more so in the wake of the Coivd-19 pandemic. Stories of nursing home neglect the suffering of the victims have resulted in a sense of urgency to pass reforms to better protect our nation’s vulnerable elders.
Nursing homes have legal obligations to provide care to their residents. Neglect occurs when they fail to provide that care and someone gets hurt. Neglect might be a less overt form of abuse than physical or sexual abuse, but the danger to its victims and the injuries that can result are just as severe.
Our lawyers help families whose loved ones have been neglected in Brooklyn nursing facilities like Menorah Nursing Home, River Manor Care Center, Seacrest, and Cobble Hill Health Center. Has someone you love suffered neglect in Ditmas Park Care Center, Haym Salomon, Marcus Garvey Nursing Home, or Palm Gardens Center for Nursing and Rehab? Did your loved one get injured because of neglect in Cabs Nursing Home, King David Center, or Seagate Rehabilitation and Nursing Center?
If so, call our lawyers today to find out how we can help you collect compensation.
At the Law Office of Irene H. Gabo, P.C., our lawyers can help victims of nursing home neglect hold the perpetrators accountable for their actions. If someone you love suffered neglect in a Brooklyn nursing home, let us help you collect compensation from the institution that allowed the neglect to occur. We can make the entire process easier for you and your family and ensure that you collect the maximum amount of compensation permitted by law. Call our Brooklyn nursing home neglect lawyers today.
What is Brooklyn Nursing Home Neglect?
Nursing homes in Brooklyn must provide a certain level of care to their residents. The care can vary from person to person but must satisfy the individuals’ basic needs. There are regulations in place that nursing homes must follow to ensure they determine and then provide the care each resident requires. In addition, nursing homes have policies, procedures, standards, and care plans that staff members must uphold. Neglect occurs when a nursing home resident does not get the proper level of care they need.
For many nursing home residents, care usually includes providing help with basic hygiene like bathing and brushing teeth, mobility, dressing, eating and taking medications. Part of basic care can also include receiving a certain level of social and emotional attention.
Many people living in nursing homes are in vulnerable states of physical and mental health. They are there because they can no longer care for themselves. It is the nursing home’s legal responsibility to uphold the standard of care the patient needs.
When the nursing home or a staff member neglects a resident, it is often the basis for a negligence claim. Nursing home neglect lawsuits tend to contain allegations of negligent hiring, negligent supervision, understaffing, or inadequate training. When a nursing home in Brooklyn neglects someone you love, call our lawyers to find out if you are entitled to collect compensation.
How Do You Know If Your Loved One Is Being Neglected In A Brooklyn Nursing Home?
Brooklyn nursing home neglect can be hard to spot, more so than physical abuse. But, neglect can result in injuries that are just as severe as those inflicted by active abuse.
It is often up to visitors and family members to recognize signs that their loved one is neglected in a nursing home. Nursing home residents suffering from neglect might be unable or afraid to share what is happening to them. You must be on the lookout for behaviors and physical evidence that might point to neglect.
Signs of neglect in Brooklyn nursing homes can include:
Bedsores: Bedsores or pressure sores are one of the telltale signs that your loved one might be suffering from neglect. They form when someone remains in one place for too long. Many nursing home residents can’t move and need help to change positions or locations regularly. Bedsores indicate that the nursing home is not making sure the patient is moving (or being moved) enough. Bedsores can lead to pain, infection, sepsis, and death when not treated quickly and properly.
Poor personal hygiene: Many nursing home patients require help with basic personal hygiene such as bathing, combing their hair, washing, brushing their teeth, cutting their nails, and tending to bathroom needs. If you notice that someone is disheveled or unclean, it could signify that the nursing home is not doing its job.
Unexplained bruises or injuries: If your loved one has unexplained bruises, broken bones, or cuts, it could mean that they are being neglected. They might be trying to do things on their own and getting hurt in the process. They may be suffering from a lack of supervision as well.
Unsanitary living conditions: Check to make sure your loved one has clean linens and towels and that their room, common areas, and kitchen are generally clean and sanitary. Unsanitary, unclean living conditions are a sign of neglect.
Malnutrition or dehydration: Look for signs of malnutrition and dehydration. These can include bleeding gums, dry skin, thirst, fatigue, nausea, recurring infections, bloating, confusion, and weight loss.
Behavior or emotional changes: Look for changes in your loved one’s demeanor or activity. Are they afraid of a caregiver? Are they angry or depressed? Have they become withdrawn, anti-social, or uncooperative in their own care? Neglect can cause nursing home residents to suffer from all of these things and can be detrimental to their physical well-being. If you notice any changes like these, it is crucial to address them.
Decreased mobility: Nursing homes must provide a certain amount of exercise and mobility – not just to prevent bedsores. Appropriate exercise is a necessary part of residents’ care.
Movement facilitates circulation, preserves muscle, and can help maintain balance and strength. But have you noticed your loved one getting weaker? Do they spend longer and longer stretches in bed? If so, it might be because of neglect.
Knowing the signs of neglect is crucial to keeping your loved one safe. Pay close attention to what your loved one is experiencing and report your concerns to people who can help.
Holding Nursing Homes Accountable for Injuries Caused By Neglect
When your loved one suffers injuries or dies because of neglect in a Brooklyn nursing home, you might be able to pursue legal action. If the nursing home was negligent, you could be entitled to collect substantial compensation for the injuries to your family member.
A negligence case requires you to show a few things:
- That the nursing home had a legal duty to your loved one
- That it violated a legal duty
- That the violation caused injuries or death
Sounds simple? Nursing home negligence cases can actually be complicated.
Proving the injuries were the result of neglect and not an underlying condition might be a challenge. Collecting records and other evidence from an uncooperative nursing home can also be tricky. These are some reasons why it is important to speak to our experienced nursing home neglect lawyers and find out how we can navigate your claim and seek the maximum compensation allowed.
What Are Examples Of Nursing Home Neglect?
If you are having some trouble envisioning how a lawsuit against a nursing home might occur, consider the following example.
Your mostly immobile loved one suffered from painful, infected bedsores that were left untreated for months. The bedsores led to pain, suffering, and eventually a trip to the hospital to receive treatment for sepsis.
This hypothetical nursing home might be liable for negligence if you can demonstrate:
- The nursing home did not train the employee properly on how to recognize and treat bedsores
- The nursing home employee failed to reposition your loved one according to a care plan
- The nursing home did not appropriately supervise the employee
- The nursing home hired the employee without checking to see if they had a history of abusing or neglecting patients
- An employee did not report the condition to someone who could help
Nursing home neglect cases often involve negligent hiring, training, or supervision. The nursing home can be liable for the actions of its employees in many situations.
There Is A Time Limit To File Neglect Claims Against Brooklyn Nursing Homes
As with all legal claims, there is a time limit to file a negligence claim against a nursing home. We can’t know how much time you have until we hear the facts of your case. The time limit can depend on factors like the date of injury, the date you discovered the injury, or even whether your loved one died or recovered.
Call The Law Office of Irene H. Gabo, P.C. To Collect Compensation for Nursing Home Neglect
We give nursing homes our trust when we place our loved ones in their care. When that trust is violated, it can be devastating for everyone. When a nursing home in Brooklyn violates a standard of care and causes injuries or death to someone you love, don’t you want to hold someone accountable? Shouldn’t you do whatever you can to protect your family member?
At the Law Office of Irene H. Gabo, P.C., we can help you pursue compensation from the Brooklyn nursing home that neglected your loved one. Call us today at (800) 560-0214 to protect your legal rights to file a claim against a Brooklyn nursing home.