Imagine you’re visiting your mom at the nursing home she lives in and during your visit she whispers something rather disturbing to you. Based on what she told you, you’ve concluded that your mom is being sexually abused by a staff member. While she wasn’t able to provide you with too many details, you know that something needs to be done to address it.
So, what do you do? Do you take immediate action and move her out of the facility, discuss your findings with the nursing home administrator, or call the police? Knowing how to handle a situation of this nature might be too much for one person to take on which is why we recommend you contact a Queens, NY nursing home abuse attorney immediately for help.
The lawyers at The Law Offices of Charles Zolot will be able to provide you with the guidance you need so that your loved one is no longer subjected to being sexually abused and can live in a safe environment away from those who once mistreated her. Because an abuser can strike again, it is essential that you contact this nursing home abuse law firm located in Queens so you can receive legal assistance right now.
The sick and elderly are at a heightened risk of being sexually abused by healthcare professionals who should be caring for them.
When a person falls ill or reaches a certain age to where they are unable to care for themselves, they rely on healthcare professionals in hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation facilities to tend to and care for them. Unfortunately, some workers in these facilities take advantage of a person’s vulnerability and sexually abuse them knowing they cannot defend themselves. WTKR recently reported an incident involving a woman’s elderly mother who was allegedly being sexually abused by a healthcare worker.
According to the news source, 61-year-old Mary Dean had to spend weeks in a NY hospital after having undergone two heart surgeries. Her daughter had come to visit with her on Sunday, January 6th, 2019, and when it came time to leave, Dean grabbed hold of her arm in an attempt to prevent her from leaving her room. Her daughter claimed her mother started shaking her head and said, “No.” She was trying to lip something to me, but I didn’t understand what she was saying,” she told the source. Dean had difficulty communicating as she had a tracheal tube in her throat and she was reliant on a breathing machine.
The next day, Dean was visited by her sister and when it came time for her to leave, she grabbed her arm to prevent her from going just as she had done the day before with her daughter. She began to cry. Mary’s daughter was then called in and Dean was given a piece of paper to communicate with. On the paper she wrote “EKG, EKG.” She then “wrote something that referred to the male anatomy and made a gesture with her hands.”
Dean was finally able to communicate with her sister and daughter and told them that “a man in a burgundy uniform had abused her.” They put two and two together and determined that “EKG” referred to the EKG Department and those who worked in this area of the hospital wore burgundy uniforms. A nurse had been present in the room when Dean’s family began making these connections, but she informed them that Dean “was incoherent and hallucinating” and that the allegations were not true.
While the family was told that the “EKG employee was moved from patient care pending the outcome of an investigation,” Mary passed away two weeks after informing her daughters she had been a victim of sexual abuse.
Ready to speak with a nursing home abuse attorney in Queens, NY who is prepared to assist you with your matter?
If so, contact The Law Offices of Charles Zolot. Because your loved one is still at risk of being mistreated or abused given they haven’t been moved out of the facility, it is essential that you contact a Queens, NY nursing home abuse lawyer who can help get them moved and begin working on obtaining the justice your loved one deserves.
The Law Offices of Charles Zolot is located at:
37-06 82nd Street
Jackson Heights, NY 11372