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New York City Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

New York City Nursing Home Abuse LawyerHave you or a loved one been a victim of nursing home abuse in New York City, NY? You may have the right to demand fair compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. An experienced New York City nursing home abuse lawyer at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC can help you fight for the full compensation you deserve. 

Our legal team has over 25 years of experience helping clients across the five boroughs recover fair compensation for their losses. We’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars in compensation to help our clients get justice.

Contact our law firm in New York, New York, to learn more about your legal options. We’re always available to take your call, so schedule your free consultation today. Call us at (212) 564 2800.

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help With a Nursing Home Abuse Claim in New York City

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help With a Nursing Home Abuse Claim in New York CityYou trusted a nursing home to care for your loved one. That decision alone can be difficult for most families. Learning that your loved one has been abused by those you trusted can be devastating.

You deserve to hold the nursing home and its staff liable to the fullest extent of the law. An experienced New York City personal injury lawyer can help. 

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we have over 25 years of personal injury experience. We’ve helped countless clients get justice over the years. 

Hiring us means you’ll have a lawyer to:

  • Investigate and gather the evidence to support your claim
  • Hire experts and specialists whose opinions are respected in court
  • Identify all parties who played active or passive roles in the abuse
  • Negotiate with the insurance companies to maximize your compensation award 

Our founding attorney is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has won some of the largest settlements and verdicts in NYC. Call for a free consultation with an experienced New York City personal injury attorney to learn how we can help you.

Overview of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Nursing home abuse can take on many forms. Any type of abuse can be devastating for the victim and their families. Anyone who is in charge of your loved one’s care can be held financially accountable for your loved one’s injuries and losses.

Responsible parties may include:

  • Nursing home staff members
  • Administrators
  • Doctors and nurses responsible for your loved one’s care
  • Government agencies in charge of oversight
  • The nursing home itself

Do you suspect that your loved one has been a victim of abuse? Don’t wait another day. Call our New York nursing home abuse attorneys to schedule a free case evaluation today.

What Are Some Different Types of Nursing Home Abuse?

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we handle all types of nursing home abuse claims. The most common types of nursing home abuse include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Financial abuse or exploitation
  • Nursing home negligence or neglect 

Often, nursing home residents are subject to multiple forms of abuse.

How Common is Nursing Home Abuse in New York City?

There are 620 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in New York state. One study estimates that at least 260,000 adults in the state of New York were subjected to some type of elder abuse in a single year. 

COVID-19 put a spotlight on nursing home abuse and neglect in the big apple. However, nursing home abuse has always been a problem–and it will likely continue to be a problem until reforms are implemented.

Has your family member been neglected or abused in a New York nursing home? Our lawyers are prepared to help you fight for the maximum compensation available. Call the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC to schedule a free case review today. 

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Nursing Home Abuse?

Some signs of nursing home abuse are obvious. Others are much more subtle. The signs and symptoms will depend upon the type of abuse involved.

Physical Abuse

If you’re able to visit your loved one in person, the signs of physical abuse may be obvious. However, that is not true in all cases, especially if your loved one is prone to accidents. 

They often include:

In extreme cases, the first sign of physical abuse may be your loved one’s sudden, unexplained death.

Sexual Abuse

While it can be difficult to imagine, sexual abuse is a widespread problem in nursing homes. Signs of sexual abuse include:

  • STDs
  • Bruising around the genitals
  • Genital infections 
  • Emotional withdrawal

Your loved one may be afraid to report sexual abuse. In other cases, staff members may prey on residents with mental disabilities or diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Emotional Abuse

Signs and symptoms that your loved one has suffered emotional abuse can be subtle and include:

  • Unexplained personality changes
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of communication
  • Fear of being around particular staff members

Your loved one may seem withdrawn or be reluctant to speak when others are around. Emotional abuse can include verbal abuse, threats, humiliation, and even intentional isolation from the community. The abuser may threaten to withhold food or water.

This type of psychological abuse can be as damaging as physical abuse.

Financial Exploitation

Many nursing home residents retain control of their finances. However, as they age, it’s possible that a staff member could coerce them into handing over funds.

Some signs that your loved one is a victim of financial exploitation include:

  • Unexplained financial transactions
  • Missing checks
  • Changes to wills or beneficiary designations on life insurance and retirement accounts
  • New credit cards

Financial abuse can put your family in a difficult position. It’s important to take legal action right away if you suspect a nursing home staff member is exploiting your loved one.

Neglect

Some nursing home abuse is unintentional. General neglect can be just as devastating as outright abuse. 

Some signs that your loved one has been neglected while in nursing care include:

  • Bedsores
  • Dehydration
  • Unexplained weight loss or malnutrition
  • Fall accidents
  • Infections
  • Unsanitary nursing facilities
  • Burn injuries
  • Lack of proper health care

Nursing home neglect is a widespread problem. It often occurs because of understaffing, lack of training or even lack of funding.

What are the Long-Term Consequences of Nursing Home Abuse?

If your loved one was a victim, they may suffer serious long-term consequences, including:

  • Severe depression and PTSD
  • Broken bones
  • Bedsores and infections
  • Medical conditions caused by malnutrition, dehydration, and lack of proper medications and medical care
  • Organ damage
  • Pneumonia and respiratory illnesses
  • Financial instability
  • Shortened life expectancy 
  • Wrongful death of your loved one

Our New York City nursing home abuse lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC are dedicated to getting the fair compensation your family needs and deserves. Just give us a call to schedule a free consultation and get the legal advice you deserve today. 

What Are the Common Causes of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?

Nursing home abuse can happen in many ways. Some of the most common causes of nursing home abuse and neglect include:

  • Failure to properly screen nursing home staff members before hiring
  • Lack of training 
  • Failure to supervise staff members
  • Understaffing
  • Failure to provide sanitary conditions and safe medical equipment
  • Failure to transfer nursing home residents to a hospital or medical facility
  • Failure to monitor nursing home residents with cognitive disabilities
  • Negligent security
  • Withholding food and water

The nursing home itself is financially responsible for the actions of its employees–whether those actions involve intentional harm or general negligence.

What Compensation Can I Recover for Nursing Home Abuse Injuries in New York, New York?

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we’ll fight to recover the maximum compensation available in your case. 

You may be entitled to damages to cover both your financial costs and emotional losses, including:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Your lost wages and income
  • The cost of relocating your loved one to a new facility
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Restitution for financial abuse
  • Damages for wrongful death

In cases involving gross negligence, you may also be entitled to punitive damages.

How Long Do I Have to File a Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit in New York?

Under New York state law, the statute of limitations gives accident victims three years to file a personal injury lawsuit. Once the three-year period has expired, you’ll lose your right to seek compensation.

Contact a New York City Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Has someone you love been harmed because of nursing home abuse or neglect? Call a New York City nursing home abuse lawyer at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC for a free consultation today. We’re here to help your family get the full compensation you deserve.

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