Nursing Home Abuse Doesn’t Just Happen to the Elderly
Very often people tend to think of seniors when they think of nursing home residents; once vibrant and hardworking people who are now rendered more and more vulnerable due to the aging process. The fact is, however, that nursing homes are also designed to treat younger and middle-aged patients that can’t take care of themselves, whether they have suffered a brain injury, loss of a limb or any other situation that necessitates extra care, nursing homes across the country are packed with patients who are well under the telltale senior citizen age of 65. Just like their elderly companions, however, these nursing home residents also often face increased exposure to neglect and abuse.
Three former employees at a Queens, New York nursing home face are now facing criminal charges for allegedly abusing a 51 year old disabled patient at the facility and neglecting to treat him for more than 20 minutes while he was bleeding from his head. Much of the incident is caught on tape and the three employees have been arrested and terminated from their positions. At just 51 years old, the victim is well below the average age of the typical nursing home patient, and reportedly suffers from a variety of physical and mental disabilities. The incident has sparked renewed and justified outrage and advocacy on behalf nursing home residents patients and their families.
It may be an uncomfortable point to concede, but the fact is the families of incoming nursing home patients can never be 100 percent sure of the quality of care they’re going receive. Chances are that if you have to place your loved one in one of these facilities, they aren’t able to adequately care for themselves, in which case defending themselves against attacks is a foregone conclusion. If your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect at the hands of their nursing home staff, no matter how old they are, contact a knowledgeable attorney immediately.
Barry Sugarman has focused his entire practice on protecting aging family members in NJ who have been abused by neglectful healthcare workers. He will stand up for your family and fight for the compensation your loved one deserves. Call Mr. Sugarman today for a free consultation