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What Is Considered Nursing Home/Geriatric Care Negligence?

Nursing home or geriatric care negligence refers to the failure of a care facility or its staff to provide the standard of care reasonably expected for elderly residents, leading to harm or distress. 

Types of Nursing Home/Geriatric Care Negligence

Negligence in nursing homes can manifest in several ways, often categorized into physical, emotional, and medical neglect.

Physical Neglect

This occurs when the basic needs of residents, such as food, water, hygiene, and mobility assistance, are not adequately met. Signs of physical neglect include:

Emotional Neglect

Emotional or psychological neglect involves failing to provide social interaction, mental stimulation, or support, which can lead to isolation, depression, and anxiety among residents. Indicators include:

Medical Neglect

This type of neglect happens when residents do not receive necessary medical attention, medications, or treatment for their health conditions. Symptoms of medical neglect include:

Causes of Nursing Home/Geriatric Care Negligence

Several factors can contribute to negligence in nursing homes:

Pursuing a Negligence Claim

Nursing home/geriatric care negligence is not only a breach of ethical standards but also a legal issue. Families of neglected residents can pursue legal action to seek compensation and hold the facility accountable. Here are the steps to take:

Document Evidence

Gather necessary evidence, including:

Report the Negligence

Inform relevant parties:

Consult an Attorney

Speak to a White Plains nursing home abuse lawyer as soon as possible for:

File a Lawsuit

If you cannot reach a fair settlement  with the facility, consider filing a lawsuit. Your claim may still settle before you must go to court. 

Going to Trial

If no settlement is reached, prepare for trial. Both sides must present their case and evidence. A judge or jury will determine the outcome. If successful, the court will award compensation.