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Worker At Nursing Home Accused of Verbal & Physical Abuse

By David Zevan  Jul. 11, 2013 10:09a

In Tarrytown, New York, a worker has been accused of nursing home abuse. There have been reports of violence and verbal abuse filed with the Tarrytown Police by the Tarrytown Hall Care Center. The NYS Department of Health mandates that all instances of abuse and neglect must be reported by facility administrators and by any witnesses. Any suspected abuses are also strongly encouraged to be reported as soon as possible so that an investigation can commence.

The nursing supervisor at the facility at the Wood Court center, reported that on March 15, around 4 p.m. an incident occurred where two workers were helping an elderly male resident transfer to a shower chair so that he could take a shower. When the man allegedly scratched one of the workers on the chest, the other worker pushed the man’s head down several times and shouted “Stop doing that, you crazy old man!” The worker who got scratched reported the incident and police conducted an investigation, but so far no criminal charges have been filed.

Tarrytown has been cited and fined for abuses in the past. In November 2001, due to mistreatment of residents, the facility was fined $2,000. During a routine inspection, the facility was found to be in direct violation of the New York Facility Practices and Resident Behavior Law.

Keeping an eye out for signs of abuse is always a good idea if you have a family member or loved one who resides at a nursing home or care facility. Families entrust the care of elderly family members to nursing homes because they need extra care, help, and attention. Abusing this trust is unacceptable.

States are cracking down on nursing home abuse cases, investigating each case, citing nursing homes, and issuing hefty fines when necessary. Some states allow cameras to be placed in residents’ rooms to make monitoring the care that residents receive much easier. Family members can monitor care even when they cannot be physically present.

Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Whether or not criminal charges are filed, nursing home abuse victims or their family members can file for damages in civil court when they feel that abuse has taken place and rights have been violated. If you or a family member or loved one has been victimized and subjected to nursing home abuse, report the abuse immediately and contact a local nursing home abuse attorney. Nursing home abuse attorneys will conduct an investigation, determine liability, and ascertain what damages can be sought. Nursing homes and staff members who perpetrate abuses against elderly, vulnerable residents must be held accountable for their actions. Abuse and neglect is unacceptable in any form and should not be tolerated. Allow an experienced nursing home abuse attorney to help you get justice and obtain compensation for injuries and any pain and suffering that occurred as a result of the abuse or neglect.

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