If you believe that your loved one is experiencing nursing home negligence, you may be looking to pursue financial compensation in order to hold the nursing home accountable. A nursing home is a place that people should be able to put their full trust into taking care of their loved ones. Unfortunately, the reality is, this not always the fact. It is possible for nursing home employees to act negligently or abusively using the power they hold over their residents.
When nursing home neglect or abuse occurs, justice is deserved for those affected. Reach out to an experienced New York medical malpractice attorney today to understand your options and to hold the nursing home accountable. Continue reading to answer any questions you may have regarding this process and the best way to go about it.
Common Signs of Nursing Home Negligence/Abuse
Though neglect and abuse are worst-case scenarios, it is important to always be aware of their potential when you trust a nursing home to care for your loved ones. When your family member or loved one is in a nursing home, it is important to look out for these signs of neglect or abuse:
- Unexplained bruises
- Signs of fear when certain aid enters the room
- Unclean living conditions
- Possessions missing from their room
What steps can I take if I believe someone is being neglected/abused in a nursing home?
It is a horrible realization when you believe that someone you love is being neglected or abused in a nursing home. If this is relevant to you, it is important to have a plan and take the appropriate steps necessary to hold the nursing home accountable. The steps are as follows:
- Alert the authorities if you believe your loved one is in danger. Calling the police will allow them to document the incident and to transport your loved one to a hospital if necessary.
- Take your own photos and videos of the incident or unsafe conditions of the nursing home. This should include anything that you believe is putting your loved one at risk.
- Create a report to the nursing home management.
- If there were any witnesses, collect their contact information.
- See that your loved one receives the appropriate medical attention necessary for any injuries.
- Collect any medical documentation pertaining to the event. This should include the date, time, and severity of your loved one’s injuries.
- Contact an experienced New York medical malpractice attorney who will assist you in recovering the compensation necessary to satisfy the burden of proof in a medical malpractice claim.
CONTACT OUR EXPERIENCED NEW YORK CITY FIRM
At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice and personal injury claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of negligence. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award. Contact our firm today.