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Queens Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Elder abuse is a “silent condition”,  and no one knows exactly how many of our nation’s elderly are being exploited, neglected or abused in nursing homes. Evidence suggests that there are thousands of elderly people being harmed in the U.S. every day, but no reliable statistics exist. Since 1995, Dalli & Marino, LLP has been protecting people’s rights. Serving Queens and the greater New York Metropolitan Area, Dalli & Marino, LLP maintains a dedicated staff of attorneys concentrating in cases of Nursing Home Abuse and other forms of Elder Abuse.

Part of the problem is that it is unclear exactly what acts or omissions constitute abuse and the rate of reporting is low. There is also no collection of comprehensive national data, as each state collects data on elder abuse differently.

A study by the US General Accountability Office in 2008 indicated that surveys put out by states do not reflect the total problem occurring in licensed nursing facilities.

Seventy percent of state surveys will miss a nursing home deficiency and 15 percent of surveys miss incidences of immediate jeopardy or harm to a nursing facility resident.

The obvious cases of elder abuse include falls, untreated bedsores, inadequate medical care, malnutrition, dehydration, preventable accidents, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene. On the more extreme end were occurrences of physical assaults and sexual abuse of elderly nursing home residents.

Unfortunately there are many nursing homes who put profit before people. Some of these nursing homes have little interest in providing a humane and deserved level of care for a vulnerable demographic – aging Americans whose well-being has been entrusted to them. All too frequently, elder abuse and neglect goes unchallenged and unreported.

If you feel your elderly loved one may be the victim of abuse, here are some signs to look for:

– Poor hygiene – soiled clothes, lack of bathing, infections or odor
– Torn or bloody clothing
– Burns, bruises, cuts, fractures, abrasions or other wounds
– Sudden weight loss

Other, less obvious signs can include:

– Unexplained loss of money or financial transactions the elderly could not have done themselves, such as ATM withdrawals if they’re not mobile
– Emotional withdrawal or erratic behavior
– Stress or listlessness
– Unexplained loss of personal property

You are entitled to be informed about all aspects of your loved one’s care. With one third of all nursing homes be reported as having occurrences of abuse or neglect, your concerns are valid. You have the right to investigate and know. Moreover, you have a right to retain someone knowledgeable about these crimes to investigate on your behalf and that of your elderly loved one’s behalf.

We have chosen to dedicate our practice to serving the elderly and their families to obtain the justice they deserve. We stand for and defend those who can no longer defend themselves. At Dalli & Marino, LLP, defending the elderly isn’t our job, it’s our mission. We understand family and we understand your responsibility to care for those who once cared for you. We bring over two decades of  experience and a track record of success fighting for your rights.  If you suspect nursing home abuse contact us for a completely free consultation. We will sit down and review the evidence and merits of your case to help you determine if abuse is in fact, occurring. We will arm you with knowledge about your rights. If we suspect your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, we will prosecute the case to the full extent of the law.

If you feel your loved one has been harmed or neglected contact us today. It may be time for you to stand up for those you love, but you don’t have to do so alone. Dalli & Marino, LLP stands ready to be at your side.

We can represent you and your family for nursing home abuse, whether you are in New York, Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Queens, Staten Island or Westchester County.