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Manhattan is the face of New York for people around the globe. The iconic imagery relates vibrancy, industry, wealth and power. Few would image that something as shameful and unfair as elderly abuse lurks in the shadows of this legendary destination. It seems that Manhattan hasn't fulfilled its promise with regard to this vulnerable population.
Of the 19 nursing homes on the island of Manhattan, 36 percent were rated above the state average for residents experience moderate to severe pain in 2014 according to the New York State Department of Health. It's absolutely stunning that more than one-third of the nursing homes in one of the world's most affluent urban settings lag behind nursing homes across the rest of the state. What does that mean for you if you have a loved one in a Manhattan nursing home?
The odds are good that suspected abuse could have happened.
Elderly abuse in Manhattan fits the same description as it does anywhere else in the world, and it's just as horrific. Bed sores from insufficient turning, overmedication, failure to medicate, elopement and wandering due to the lack of security - it all happens in Manhattan too.
The usual conditions of understaffing, poorly trained personnel and inadequate safety procedures are responsible for most of the harm. The results for people who may already be weakened by preexisting conditions can even be fatal. When a bad outcome does happen, it's standard procedure to point the blame at the victim. Only experienced investigators or attorneys can tell the difference between harm done by a worsening medical condition and the effects of neglect or abuse.
Reporting suspected abuse immediately is vital. Evidence of wrongdoing is easy to eliminate or cover up in a controlled setting like a nursing home. Action is required as soon as possible.
If a loved one is exhibiting signs of abuse or neglect, the situation must be investigated right away. The Manhattan nursing home negligence attorneys of Banville Law have seen countless cases of elderly abuse and neglect. We know what to look for, and we know many of the people in leadership positions at these facilities. If the evidence is there, we'll find it. If not, you owe us nothing.
We'll get to the bottom of what happened and restore the sense of safety and wellbeing for your entire family. Our consultations are free and the first step of progress toward satisfaction and justice.