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New York Nursing Home Sexual Abuse Attorney

New York Nursing Home Sexual Abuse AttorneyAs disturbing as it may be, sexual abuse in nursing homes and long-term care facilities occurs more frequently than we’d like to believe. Sexual abuse is traumatic and damaging, often both physically and mentally, to victims and their families. This type of abuse involves sexual contact that is unwelcome or done without consent, often to those who are defenseless and vulnerable. Nursing home staff, other residents, visitors, or even strangers who invade the facility can sexually abuse nursing home residents. 

At Dalli & Marino, our nursing home sexual abuse attorneys are some of the most experienced and successful attorneys in New York. Since 1996, we have fought on behalf of victims of nursing home sexual abuse. While every case is unique, our team of highly skilled trial attorneys has consistently recovered just compensation for the injustices our clients have suffered. We are committed to fighting for nursing home abuse victims’ rights and holding nursing home staff and facility owners responsible for their reprehensible acts.

Why Does Sexual Abuse Occur in Nursing Homes?

Older adults residing in nursing homes and long-term care facilities are more susceptible to sexual abuse because they may suffer from physical or mental illnesses that prevent them from defending themselves. Cases of nursing home sexual abuse are also more widespread for feebler patients who need assistance walking or moving.

According to a survey from the World Health Organization (WHO), compared to other types of nursing home abuse, sexual abuse is relatively rare and the least reported type of abuse. However, this low number of cases may be because sexual abuse is widely unreported in nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the country. That is for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Nursing home residents fear retaliation by their abuser
  • Mental disabilities leave victims unable to describe their experience
  • Generational stigmas deter victims from reporting sexual abuse

Abusers are often encouraged by the belief they’ll never get caught because no one will believe their victim’s complaints. Unfortunately, nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other types of memory disorders are at an increased risk of sexual abuse. Unfortunately, the CDC reported that 47.8% of nursing home residents have Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia. 

What Are Signs of Nursing Home Sexual Abuse?

Victims of nursing home sexual abuse may be unable or hesitant to share their experiences with family members or the authorities. When visiting your elderly loved ones at a nursing home or long-term care facility, it’s essential to be mindful of the signs that may indicate sexual abuse. Sudden behavioral changes in your elderly loved one could be a warning sign. These behavioral symptoms may include: 

  • Withdrawal
  • Depression
  • Nervousness
  • Abrupt mood changes 
  • Fear of individual nurses or caregivers

Keep in mind that these behavior changes may also be related to other medical conditions, including dementia. For that reason, it’s critical to be mindful of these changes in behavior along with physical symptoms of sexual abuse.  

If you believe your elderly loved one is sexually abused at their nursing home or long-term care facility, physical signs to look for that may indicate sexual abuse include: 

  • Unexplained sexually transmitted diseases or infections
  • Injury, bleeding, or bruising in private areas
  • Ripped or bloodied clothes, underwear, or bed sheets
  • Recent difficulty sitting or walking 

How Can I Protect My Loved Ones from Sexual Abuse in NY Nursing Homes?

If you notice any of these behavioral or physical signs of sexual abuse in your elderly loved one, be sure to document all relevant information and keep detailed records of your observations. The detailed descriptions may be valuable to law enforcement and help launch an investigation.

Reporting suspicions of sexual abuse in nursing homes to law enforcement is crucial to stop nursing home sexual abuse. Retain an experienced nursing home sexual abuse lawyer with in-depth knowledge of New York’s nursing home abuse laws to hold perpetrators of sexual abuse accountable. 

At Dalli & Marino, our nursing home sexual abuse lawyers in New York are dedicated to providing the highest level of legal representation and maximizing compensation for these atrocious injustices. If you suspect sexual abuse of your elderly loved one, don’t wait to contact us. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we can build a case and achieve justice for your loved one. 

Call Experienced New York Nursing Home Sexual Abuse Lawyers for Free Consultation

If you suspect your loved one was sexually abused in a New York nursing home, report it immediately to the local law enforcement. After that, contact our nursing home sexual abuse lawyers at Dalli & Marino, LLP. Our passionate trial attorneys have tenaciously advocated on behalf of countless nursing home abuse victims throughout New York for over 24 years. 

We are here to help your loved one begin the road to recovery and ensure that others will not suffer the same abuse. Our compassionate and knowledgeable nursing home sexual abuse attorneys are here to help you through this difficult time. To discuss your nursing home sexual abuse matter with an experienced lawyer at Dalli & Marino, schedule a free consultation by calling 888-465-8790 or completing our contact form.