Mineola Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer
When a nursing home abuses or neglects a resident, it represents an injustice that demands to be rectified. If your loved one suffered such an experience, you have every right to seek compensation for their injuries and other related damages.
A Mineola nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will help you pursue this legal action. We will fight for your loved one as we have fought for the rights of New York’s injured since 1991.
Call us today for a free case review and consultation at (516) 932-0400.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse and How to Spot Them
Nursing home abuse and neglect take many forms, and each has its own warning signs. Review the following list to see if you recognize anything familiar:
Physical Abuse: You might see bruising, broken bones, or dislocations. Check for restraint marks, too, which indicate another form of physical abuse. If the nursing home staff are unable to explain them or seem evasive, your loved one may be suffering abuse.
Emotional Abuse: No less significant than physical abuse, emotional abuse may be harder to identify. Be aware of your loved one becoming more withdrawn. You might also detect a change in personality.
Sexual Abuse: As upsetting as it may be to do, you must still consider the possibility of sexual abuse if you see certain health indicators, such as sexually transmitted diseases, urinary tract infections, or unexplained pain or bleeding. Possibly, your loved one will exhibit feelings of fear or agitation at the idea of being left alone with a specific nursing home staff member.
Financial Abuse: It takes a certain eye for detail to note the signs of financial abuse. Take note of missing personal possessions from your loved one’s room, unauthorized credit card charges, changes in a final will, or surcharges on facility statements.
Neglect: A silent and sad form of abuse, neglect is a valid concern if you notice bedsores or missing medication.
When you explain your observations and concerns to our legal team, we will keep them uppermost in our minds as we launch an investigation into the nursing home abuse or neglect you fear has occurred.
Common Perpetrators of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Residents of a nursing home encounter many different people in many different roles during their stay at the facility. Any number or combination of these people could have the opportunity and the inclination to inflict abuse upon and/or neglect your loved one.
Our investigation will consider all the individuals who might have played a role in this abuse, including, but not limited to the following:
- Facility administrators
- Other residents
- Nursing home facility
If the person we identify as an abuser is a doctor, our legal team can file a claim against this individual and/or the facility.
Investigating Your Loved One’s Abuse/Neglect
Our case-building begins with a comprehensive investigation of your loved one’s abuse or neglect. A nursing home facility is composed of many moving parts, and we will conduct a detailed investigation to uncover the facts of this case.
As part of this investigative process, we will:
- Seek out videos from surveillance cameras
- Collect and catalog photos
- Interview witnesses
- Gather medical records from your loved one’s doctors, hospital visits, etc.
- Review facility safety records
- Obtain expert opinions on the abuse and its effects from medical professionals, economists, and life-care planners
A clear picture of your loved one’s abuse will begin to emerge. In that picture, we will be able to identify the individual, individuals, or entities responsible for this reprehensible behavior and the damage that resulted from it.
Now that we have identified the responsible party, your legal team will use evidence gathered in our investigation to satisfy the legal requirements for establishing the party’s negligence and liability in your loved one’s abuse.
The four elements we shall prove include:
- The defendant had a duty of care to take reasonable steps to keep your loved one safe.
- The defendant breached this duty of care.
- This breach of duty resulted in your loved one’s abuse or neglect
- Your loved one sustained physical, emotional and financial damages as a result.
Calculating Recoverable Damages
The evidence that we gather—medical records and expert opinions, mostly—will serve as our basis for determining the value of your case.
Some of the types of damages for which you could receive compensation include:
- Medical treatment costs
- Hospital charges
- Testing/imaging/lab fees
- Assistive devices
- Physical rehabilitation
- Stolen property
- Relocation costs
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
Sometimes, a case of nursing home abuse and neglect ends in the worst way possible, with the death of your loved one. If you lost a loved one in this manner, we share in your anger and frustration. We want you to know that you have the right to pursue a wrongful death action against the negligent party, and we will gladly accept the challenge of presenting this action on your behalf. Call a personal injury lawyer at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today to learn more about wrongful death actions.
What a Mineola Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer Will Do for You
At Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., we know that facing the facts about your loved one’s abuse and neglect can be extremely difficult. We want to lessen this burden for you as much as possible.
For this reason, our legal team and staff will take on every aspect of your case and let you tend to your loved one and heal emotionally from this tragedy.
In the meanwhile, you can rest assured that we will:
- Investigate the abuse and/or neglect of your loved one
- Identify the at-fault and liable party or parties
- Communicate and negotiate with everyone involved in your case
- Gather evidence to prove your case
- Calculate the value of your case
- Prosecute your case aggressively
- Keep you informed on every significant development of your case
See How a Mineola Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer Can Help
At Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., we take nursing home abuse and neglect cases very seriously, and we handle them with utmost respect and compassion. We want to be sure you can bring the abuse of your loved one to light. Please be aware that New York’s statute of limitations may limit the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit.
Call us today so our multilingual staff (English, Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, or Kannada) can help you get started at (516) 932-0400. The consultation is free.