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Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect ATTORNEY IN BUFFALO, NY

Moving an elderly parent or vulnerable relative into an assisted living facility can be stressful. You should be able to rest easy knowing that they will receive high-quality care. Sadly, that does not always occur. According to data published by the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), as many as one in four nursing home residents in the United States have experienced at least one incident of physical abuse or serious neglect.

At Richmond Vona, LLC, our Buffalo nursing home abuse & neglect attorneys are committed to protecting the rights and interests of vulnerable people throughout Western New York. If your loved one suffered physical or psychological harm as a result of abuse or neglect, we are ready to help. To set up a free consultation with an experienced nursing home abuse attorney, please contact our Buffalo law office today.

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Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect: What is it?

Nursing home abuse is best defined as the intentional mistreatment of a resident—whether by supervisors, staff members, or other patients in the facility. Nursing home neglect is, whether intentional or not, substandard care or attention provided to a vulnerable nursing home resident. Nursing home abuse and neglect may include:

Physical abuse

Emotional abuse

Psychological abuse

Sexual exploitation

Financial exploitation

Caregiver neglect

More specifically, common signs of nursing home or elder abuse include: malnutrition or dehydration, unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, sprains or fractures, bedsores or pressure sores, frozen joints, venereal disease or genital infections, loss of possessions, sudden changes in wills, unexplained withdrawals from bank accounts or changes in banking practices. If your loved one is experiencing any of these signs or symptoms at a nursing home in Western New York, it is imperative that you contact a nursing home abuse attorney immediately.

There are very important state and federal laws that protect nursing home residents from abuse and neglect. This includes New York’s nursing home abuse statute (NY PHL §2801-d) and the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act. Under both federal and state law, nursing home residents can hold responsible facilities legally liable for harm suffered due to mistreatment.

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What to Do If You Suspect Your Loved One Was a Victim of Nursing Home Abuse

If you believe that your loved one was a victim of nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect, it is imperative that you take immediate action to protect their safety, dignity and legal rights. Among other things, you should:

  1. Get them medical attention and help them move to a safe location/facility
  2. Secure any relevant evidence or documentation related to the abuse
  3. Report the suspected abuse or neglect to the New York Department of Health
  4. Call an experienced Buffalo nursing home abuse lawyer.

We Will Help You Obtain Justice and Full Compensation

Through a nursing home abuse claim, victims and their family members can seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages. Unfortunately, nursing homes and their insurance providers don’t make the claims process easy. You need a skillful personal injury lawyer who will ensure that your voice is heard. At Richmond Vona, LLC, our Buffalo, NY nursing home abuse attorneys know how to hold negligent assisted living centers and large insurance companies accountable. Compensation may be available for:

  • Emergency medical treatment
  • Other medical bills and expenses
  • Cost to relocate to another facility
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Wrongful death

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Buffalo Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect FAQs

How Long Do You Have to Bring a Nursing Home Abuse Claim in New York?

Under New York law (N.Y. C.P.L.R. § 214), nursing home abuse and neglect claims are typically subject to a three-year statute of limitations, but there may be stricter deadlines. If you fail to take action before the statutory deadline, you could be prevented from bringing a claim at all. Do not delay.

What Happens If My Loved One Signed an Arbitration Agreement?

In some cases, nursing home residents sign arbitration agreements when being admitted into a facility. Doing so could mean that a resident is required to arbitrate an abuse or neglect claim. However, these provisions are not always enforceable. If you have any questions about nursing home abuse claims and arbitration, our experienced attorneys can help.

Who Makes Medical Decisions for a Nursing Home Resident?

It depends. When capable of doing so, nursing home residents have the right to give input regarding their own care. In other circumstances, a trusted person may make the decisions for them. If you believe that a nursing home is overriding your loved one’s medical wishes, failing to provide high quality medical care, or failing to protect their best interests, legal guidance is available.

At Richmond Vona, LLC, our New York nursing abuse & neglect attorneys are compassionate, effective advocates for elderly and vulnerable adults. If your loved one was injured or harmed as a result of abuse or neglect, we can help. To set up a free, confidential initial consultation, please contact us today. With an office in Buffalo, we serve communities throughout Western New York, including in Erie County, Niagara County, and Genesee County.

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