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Thursday, September 12, 2019

New York Nursing Home Elder Abuse Lawsuits

Q: Are elder abuse cases rising?


They call them the “Golden Years”, but for those facing life in a nursing home or similar long-term care facility, they may be anything but golden. Virtually no one dreams of spending their sunset years in an institutional setting. But for those without spouses or grown children or other family or friends to care for them—or those with special medical needs or psychological issues that require substantial daily care or attention—nursing home care may be unavoidable.

While the vast majority of facilities are staffed with dedicated professionals who provide quality and compassionate care for the elderly or disabled, the sad reality is that many residents in nursing homes and long-term care facilities become victims of elder abuse. And the numbers are rising. New York personal injury attorneys help victims of elder abuse recover damages for the physical, psychological, and financial harm they sustained at the hands of those entrusted with their care.

How common is elder abuse?

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), “as many as five million elderly Americans face some form of abuse each year”. 

Elder abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual, or even financial. Physical abuse often leaves evidence in the form of bruises, cuts, or broken bones. Emotional abuse might include bullying, yelling, ignoring or ostracizing and is harder to spot, so look for changes in the suspected victim’s behavior for clues. Financial abuse involves stealing or misappropriating the victim’s money and other assets. Sexual abuse made the news recently when a female resident in a vegetative state unexpectedly gave birth as a result of an apparent sexual assault in a nursing home setting.

Elder abuse can come at the hands of nursing home staff, other residents, or unsupervised visitors. In addition to nursing home settings, abuse can come from caretakers, friends, family, trusted fiduciaries, and strangers in the victim’s home setting. 

Contact the Law Office of Ryan S. Goldstein Today

If you or someone you love has been or might have been the victim of elder abuse, the Law Office of Ryan S. Goldstein can help maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us today for a free consultation.

From our offices in the Bronx, New York, we represent injured victims and their families throughout New York City and New York State, as well as those injured while visiting New York.



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