Nursing Home Abuse in New York
Your elderly father no longer wants to be left alone with certain nursing home employees. Your elderly mother has some unexplained injuries. Your grandparent begins to look malnourished. Or your great-aunt suddenly has financial problems. Nursing home abuse comes in many shapes and forms, and if you suspect a loved one may be an abuse victim, you should contact law enforcement and a New York nursing home abuse attorney immediately.
New York Elder Abuse Basics
There are many types of elder abuse, including financial exploitation, physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and malnutrition. When abuse occurs in a long-term care facility and the abuser is a paid caretaker, it's considered to be nursing home abuse.
According to the New York City Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence:
"Social isolation and mental impairment (such as dementia or Alzheimer's disease) are two factors that may make an older person more vulnerable to abuse. Victims may be totally or partially dependent on the abuser for daily care needs, including meals, mobility, and access to funds and medication. And in some cases the abuser is dependent on the victim for shelter, money, and food."
Find out more about the basics of nursing home abuse.
How a New York Elder Abuse Attorney Can Help Victims
If you suspect abuse, you should contact 911 or the New York State Office for the Aging's Senior Citizen Help Line at 800-342-9871. You should also contact a New York nursing home abuse lawyer.
Law enforcement authorities will investigate the abuse allegations and charge the abuser with a crime if there is sufficient evidence of abuse. The abuser will have the opportunity to either plead guilty or have the case heard at trial. If the abuser pleads guilty or is found guilty in court, he or she could be sentenced to jail or probation and may also have to pay fines.
Contrary to popular belief, any fines which are paid do not go to the abuse victim. Instead, New York nursing home abuse victims have to file civil lawsuits against their abusers to recoup money to compensate them for the abuse they suffered. Civil lawsuits can be filed regardless of the outcome of a criminal investigation or trial.
A New York elder abuse attorney can guide abuse victims through the process of filing a lawsuit. Find out more benefits of having a lawyer in nursing home abuse cases.
Find & Hire a New York Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
In New York, there's a time limit (known as the statute of limitations) to filing a lawsuit against a person who's committed nursing home abuse. Because you have a limited period in which to file a lawsuit, you'll want to hire New York State nursing home abuse attorneys as soon as possible after abuse occurs or is suspected.
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