Nursing Home Attorney in New York City
When your elderly relative suffers a fall in a nursing home
Falls in nursing homes are more common than we would like to think. When an elderly person falls, the event is especially dangerous—often deadly. Certainly there are physical reasons related to aging that influence why this happens:
- Bones and joints of the elderly in nursing homes are often fragile
- Motor function is diminished in the elderly
- Sense of balance is often compromised by age degeneration or by medications
Tragically though, normal aging issues are not the only reasons for the many injuries suffered yearly by elderly patients from falls. Sometimes the negligence of your relative's caregivers is to blame.
Nursing home law in New York City
When a nursing home patient is injured or killed from a fall and the actions or inactions of the staff are partially or totally at fault, the legal term to describe such an event is medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional or healthcare provider causes injury or death when he or she fails to act within applicable care standards. Health care providers in New York are considered negligent when they fail to act reasonably and within the standard of care and that unreasonable conduct causes harm to a patient.
Examples of actionable malpractice incidents involving falls in nursing homes include:
For example, consider an incident in which a nursing home staff member improperly medicated a patient. As a result, the patient became abnormally sleepy and dizzy, causing her to fall. Due to the patient's slow physical response, she was not able to break her fall with her hands. She suffered a broken nose, broken cheek bone, and a concussion. Furthermore, the caregiver administering the medicines had not been trained for that role. The nursing home was held liable for the fall, citing caregiver negligence.
Legal help with nursing home abuse in New York City
The laws affecting medical malpractice are complicated in New York. Cases involving malpractice are often more complicated. When an elderly loved one is injured in a nursing home fall, trust your legal needs to the Manhattan malpractice attorneys at Rich & Rich, P.C. Our lawyers are experienced in nursing home abuse in New York City. We know your medical malpractice legal rights in New York and have the track record of successful litigation and settlements to prove it.
We take pride in giving personal attention to all our clients, prosecuting your serious injury case with the passion and determination it deserves. Rich & Rich, P.C. is small enough to provide individual attention to your case and large enough to pursue any size personal injury claim.