Experienced Buffalo nursing home negligence lawyers serving Buffalo, Niagara Falls and the surrounding Western New York Counties.
Buffalo Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers
Experienced Buffalo Injury Attorneys Fighting For Victims of Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse in Western New York
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to nursing home neglect, or nursing home abuse in Buffalo, New York, or another town in Erie County, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. Contact our personal injury law office at (716) 842-2200 for a free consultation. Our team of dedicated Buffalo nursing home negligence lawyers will fight to get the compensation that you deserve.
If you trusted a nursing home to care for a loved one, and you suspect neglect or abuse, you are not alone. Nursing home negligence can take many forms, ranging from physical injuries to emotional abuse. Regardless of the form that the nursing home negligence takes, it is illegal. Incidents of nursing home abuse are rarely reported to the proper authorities. Residents typically are reluctant to complain out of fear of retaliation or embarrassment, and family members may be unaware of the common signs of abuse.
If you notice that your loved one exhibits any of the following signs of abuse, take immediate action: sudden death; physical injuries such as broken bones, bed sores, bruises, medication overdose, and head injuries; symptoms of neglect such as dehydration, malnourishment, poor hygiene, and soiled bedding; and signs of emotional abuse such as agitation, fear, frequent crying, and complaints of poor treatment.
Like all evidence, if documentation of nursing home injuries is not collected quickly, these injuries can disappear or fade. Because these injuries affect older people, victims of nursing home abuse may not have the same memory skills that they possessed twenty years earlier, and they may forget about their injuries. Documenting what you have witnessed or what these people have told you can be critically important. Take photographs with your cell phone and use notepads and pens to take notes and record dates and times. A calendar can help because it might refresh the memory of the patient whom you are interviewing. Recording devices such as cell phones and tape recorders can be necessities when recording a patient who alternates between lucidity and senility, as it is important to capture the evidence of the person who has suffered while it can still be collected.
If the nursing home knows that you are documenting what you have witnessed and providing them written notice, its personnel may try to remedy the situation. Because they understand that they are now being closely observed by the family of a patient, they might attempt to hide the evidence of the abuse. Make sure that you have preserved all evidence, including copies of any written communication with the nursing home’s staff.
Every claim for nursing home negligence does have a deadline, known as a statute of limitations. This statute requires that any legal action be filed within a certain amount of time after the neglect has been suspected. Therefore, it is important to review any potential nursing home negligence claim with a qualified attorney as soon as possible to make sure your family’s legal rights are protected. If you believe your loved one is at risk of abuse, it is important that you recognize the warning signs and act quickly. You can protect your loved one and her or his rights by contacting us today.