Nursing Home Abuse

Approximately one million senior citizens living in nursing homes are abused in some manner every year in the United States. It is important to know that nursing home residents have patient rights and certain protections under the law. The nursing home must list and give all new residents a copy of these rights.

Resident rights include but are not limited to:

  • Respect: You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

  • Services and Fees: You must be informed in writing about services and fees before you enter the nursing home.

  • Money: You have the right to manage your own money or to choose someone else you trust to do this for you.

  • Privacy: You have the right to privacy, and to keep and use your personal belongings and property as long as it doesn't interfere with the rights, health, or safety of others.

  • Medical Care: You have the right to be informed about your medical condition, medications, and to see you own doctor. You also have the right to refuse medications and treatments.

  • If any of these rights have been violated, you may have grounds for a claim of Nursing Abuse. Nursing Home Abuse occurs when a nursing home caregiver neglects to meet the needs and/or rights of a senior, or physically or mentally abuses a resident, producing physical, emotional, mental or financial injury.

    There are several common types of injuries that are suffered as a result of neglect, including:

  • Falls and fractures

  • Physical or chemical restraints

  • Malnutrition or dehydration

  • Improper, wrong or over-medication

  • Bed sores

  • Lack of supervision (allowing residents to wander away from the facility)

  • Physical abuse or unexplained injury

  • Weight gain or loss

  • Septic shock

  • Gangrene

  • Theft of money and personal property

  • Unexpected or wrongful death

  • Unsanitary conditions

  • Untrained or insufficient staff

  • Over-sedation

  • Abandonment

  • Substandard medical care

  • Poor personal hygiene

  • Defective equipment

  • Sexual assault

  • If you feel that you or a loved one has been a victim of Nursing Home Abuse while in the care of a senior citizen facility, don't hesitate to contact a Nurse Home Abuse attorney at Umoh Law. You may have a valid claim and be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires. For a free consultation, call Umoh Law at (718) 360 - 0527or visit us online at

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