Nursing home abuse and neglect cases are typically very complex. They often require an extensive investigation to determine what happened and who was responsible.
Our attorneys serving Long Island are ready to pursue compensation for your loved one’s maltreatment. We are prepared to be an advocate for those who may feel they lack a voice. Call us today to begin a free case review with a member of our nursing home abuse team.
How Can our Firm Assist You in Building the Strongest Claim Possible?
We will gather evidence to show that your loved one suffered abuse in their Long Island care facility. Supporting information can include witness testimony, photos and security camera footage, and incident reports. We can also use written correspondence between yourself and the nursing home’s administration.
We can also assist you by:
- Communicating with the involved parties
- Investigating your loved one’s living conditions
- Calculating your economic and non-economic losses
- Negotiating a settlement
- Notifying law enforcement (if necessary)
- Managing your insurance claim
- Filing your lawsuit (if applicable)
We can also file your case within New York’s statute of limitations. How long you have to file your case depends on the circumstances of your loved one’s abuse. We encourage you to connect with our team as soon as possible.
We Can Help You Determine Liability for Your Expenses
Nursing homes have a strict duty of care to residents. If found guilty of abuse, these facilities, their administrators, and even their employees can be found liable for any damages.
These facilities can be held responsible for:
- Negligent hiring practices (like failing to run background checks on employees)
- Negligent training
- Failure to monitor staff properly
- Failure to provide necessities, such as food and water
- Medical neglect
- Failure to provide adequate security
- Failure to protect residents from health and safety hazards
- The use of dangerous or unreasonable physical restraints
- Intentional abuse of residents by staff members
Third parties may be liable for nursing home injuries in some cases. We can identify these parties and pursue damages from them.
How We Handle Nursing Home Abuse Claims From Start to Finish
Most nursing home abuse cases on Long Island are settled out of court. We generally only file lawsuits if the insurers do not agree to our terms.
Here is a general overview of the legal process:
We Start By Gathering Evidence
We will visit your loved one’s care facility and talk to their caretakers. We may also interview other residents and family members. Security camera footage, incident reports, and other information could verify certain details.
We Then Notify the Nursing Home’s Care Staff
No nursing home wants to be found guilty of abuse. Once they learn about your case, they may offer you a settlement. They may fire the abusive caretaker or relocate them to another unit.
Next, We File Your Lawsuit
If the nursing home does not want to resolve your case, then we will file a lawsuit in civil court. Here, we will abide by courtroom protocol, call on witnesses, and present your case before a judge.
We will provide you with updates, so you always know what’s going on with your case. If you have any questions, you can always reach out to your lawyer on Long Island.
Neglect Can Be Considered a Form of Abuse in Certain Cases
Neglect is a type of nursing home abuse. The consequences of neglect can be just as serious as the consequences of active abuse.
Signs that a senior is being neglected may include:
- Signs of malnutritionshould be taken very seriously, particularly if there is no history of illnesses that could cause this condition. We can consult with medical professionals to learn more about your loved one’s nutritional intake.
- Bedsores(or pressure ulcers) are caused by lying in one position for too long, and they often appear when elders have been ill or in the hospital. Bedsores are preventable, so if your loved one has them, it may be a sign that they are not getting enough care and attention.
- Denial of basic amenities. Denial of food is used by staff in some cases to “punish” nursing home residents for behavior they do not like.
- Untreated medical conditions. Signs of neglect could include broken bones, which could indicate that a resident has been deliberately harmed––or fell without getting medical care.
You are in the best position to know whether any of these signs are suspicious. You should act quickly after learning that your loved one has been abused or neglected.
Call the Attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP Today to Learn More
Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in nursing homes have a duty to provide care that meets a required standard. When they fail to do so, you can hold them accountable.
If you suspect that your loved one has suffered nursing home abuse, contact the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP. Our team of nursing home abuse lawyers on Long Island can determine whether you have a case and provide you with a free consultation.
For a free legal consultation with a Personal Injury lawyer serving Long Island, call 516-358-6900