Understanging Elder Abuse in NYC

NY-nursing-home Because most of us regard the elderly with appreciation and respect, it’s hard to believe that there are those who would mistreat or take advantage of seniors. But elder abuse in NYC is all too real, and it’s up to the rest of us to hold these wrongdoers accountable. There are many dimensions to elder abuse. Some of it is physical or overt. But it can also take less obvious forms: neglectfulness, financial manipulation, negligent administration of medication, nursing home malpractice, etc. Fortunately, for most kinds of abuse or neglect, state and federal law provide meaningful recourse for victims and their families. Specifically, nursing homes are liable for failing to uphold a high standard of care when treating their residents. Family members, doctors, and other caretakers can also be held accountable for physical or financial abuse or neglect. At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we are dedicated to taking a stand against elder abuse in NYC. No one deserves to be mistreated, especially those who depend on the care and support of others in order to live in peace and health. If you or a loved one has fallen victim to abuse or neglect, an experienced Long Island elder abuse attorney at Kaplan Lawyers PC can help.

Physical Elder Abuse

While no kind of mistreatment of a senior citizen is ever acceptable, physical elder abuse is especially heartbreaking. Family members, nursing home staff, hospital attendants, doctors, and even total strangers have been known to assault and/or batter innocent seniors in New York. Common instances of physical elder abuse include:

  • Sexual assault
  • Hitting
  • Spanking
  • Choking
  • Kicking
  • Bruising
  • Refusing to administer necessary medication or treatment
  • Administering the wrong medication / overdosing
  • Caretakers failing to contact 911 in the event of emergency
  • Any harmful, offensive, or unwanted touching.

Emotional Abuse and Elder Neglect

More common than physical abuse, elder neglect is a real problem in NYC too. In some cases, it may include medical malpractice by a nursing home, hospital, or doctor. Failing to properly monitor, check in on, or care for an elderly patient or resident can constitute unlawful abandonment or neglect. Senior citizens may also become victims of emotional abuse. This can include name-calling, taunting, shouting, intimidation, unjustified punishment, social isolation, abandonment, or bribery.

Financial Elder Abuse

Economic exploitation of senior citizens is a serious and surprisingly prevalent problem, especially in New York. In fact, a recent study by Weill Cornell Medical College found that nearly 5% of older adults here report having fallen victim to financial elder abuse since turning 60. Property theft, stolen money, embezzlement, dishonest abuse of credit cards or bank accounts, blackmail, and intimidation are among the most common complaints. In other cases, a caretaker may refuse to provide certain services unless the senior signs over a legal document or privilege. It is also common for family or friends to spend money allocated for the senior’s treatment on personal expenses instead. Sadly, most instances of financial elder abuse are committed by close family members.

Contact a Long Island Elder Abuse Attorney at Kaplan Lawyers PC

If you or a loved one is the victim of elder abuse in NYC, the impassioned team at Kaplan Lawyers PC can help. An experienced Long Island elder abuse attorney in our firm will fight for the justice and compensation to which you are entitled. Nobody deserves to be taken advantage of because of vulnerability or age. At Kaplan Lawyers PC, you have an advocate who can help put power back into your hands. To take a stand today, contact our office right away. Call us in the City at (212) 563-1900 or on Long Island at (516) 399-2364.

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