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Nursing Home Abuse

As the population of our nation grows older, more and more families must make the difficult decision to entrust a loved one to a nursing home. Today, over 1.4 million people live in nursing homes in the United States. These facilities are intended to assist in the care of disabled and older adults while providing a safe and healthy living accommodation. In New York, there are state and federal laws that protect nursing home residents from abuse or neglect. Unfortunately, not all of the facilities caring for our seniors do so properly, resulting in injury to seniors or worse. When you need a New York City nursing home abuse or elder abuse lawyer, Dalli & Marino, LLP is here to help you and your family.

What is Nursing Home Abuse?

Victims can suffer from nursing home abuse in a variety of ways. In general, nursing home abuse refers to any action by the nursing home staff that harms a resident. Seniors can suffer different types of abuse in a nursing home, but any form is an indefensible infringement of the trust we place in nursing facilities to care for our loved ones. Abusers who take advantage of the elderly can face civil penalties and criminal charges for abusive and neglectful treatment of residents.

What are the Most Frequent Signs of Nursing Home Abuse in New York?

If you or a loved one has suffered any of the following issues, please contact us immediately for a free consultation.

Bedsores Can Have Fatal Consequences for Residents in Nursing Homes

Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, are very painful and can lead to serious health problems. Nursing homes have a legal obligation to prevent bed sores from occurring unless they are clinically unavoidable. If you or your loved one acquired a pressure sore in a nursing home, you may be entitled to monetary damages for pain and suffering. Similarly, if a nursing home resident falls and becomes injured, or there are signs of physical abuse, neglect or even suspected wrongful death, the nursing home may be responsible. The attorneys at Dalli & Marino, LLP are intensely focused on cases involving elder neglect, negligence, and other unfortunate but common instances of nursing home abuse.

Types of Recoverable Damages for Nursing Home Abuse

If you or a loved one has suffered elder or nursing home abuse, you are entitled to file a lawsuit and pursue full and fair compensation for the pain and damage caused. Compensation that nursing home abuse lawyers at Dalli & Marino seek for victims includes both compensatory and punitive damages.

Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages are meant to reimburse the plaintiff for the injuries and losses caused by the nursing home or the defendant’s negligence. Compensatory damages include financial reimbursement for both violations committed and expenses such as:

  • Nursing home negligence
  • Physical abuse
  • Malnutrition and dehydration
  • Disfigurement
  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

Punitive Damages

Unlike compensatory damages, punitive damages are not meant to compensate for any direct loss of the plaintiff. On the contrary, punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant for outrageous and inexcusable conduct and deter others from engaging in similar behavior. While punitive damages are not awarded in all nursing home abuse cases, if the defendant’s conduct is grossly negligent or intentional, Dalli & Marino attorneys will do everything possible to push for this type of reimbursement.

Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Unfortunately, not all nursing homes have our loved ones’ best interests in mind and are more interested in profits than in people. If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, we will represent you and your family and work hard to recover monetary damages for the pain and suffering you or your loved one endured due to poor care in a nursing home or hospital.

Dalli & Marino, LLP has been representing clients since 1996, and over the years, we’ve seen a marked rise in the number of elderly abuse and negligence cases in the State of New York. Don’t let the nursing homes profit while our seniors receive substandard care. We can represent you and your family for nursing home abuse, whether you are in New York, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, or Westchester County.

To speak with a nursing home abuse attorney about your situation, call 888-465-8790 for a free consultation or complete our online form.

Frequently Asked Questions About Nursing Home Abuse

What are examples of signs of nursing home abuse or neglect?

Common signs of nursing home abuse or neglect include:

  • Bedsores (pressure ulcers)
  • Dehydration
  • Medicine errors
  • Physical and mental abuse
  • Injury
  • Wrongful death
  • Sexual abuse
  • Malnutrition
  • Falls

What should I do if I suspect my loved one is being abused or neglected?

If you notice the signs of nursing home abuse—such as unexplained injuries, lassitude or unresponsiveness, sudden change in weight, obvious signs of poor hygiene, or atypical behavior—there are a number of steps you can take. Begin by speaking to your loved one about the situation. Question the nursing home staff and management regarding any signs of suspected abuse. Take notes, and consult a lawyer. If a nursing home resident is being abused or neglected, they’re entitled to protection.

How can a nursing home abuse lawyer help me?

Dalli & Marino nursing home abuse lawyers can help if you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse by representing you and working hard to recover money damages for the pain and suffering you or a loved one has endured as a result of poor care in a nursing home or hospital.