Queens Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers
Queens County lawyers representing Queens victims of nursing home negligence
There are more than 500 nursing homes in the New York metropolitan area, and many of us depend — or will depend — on these facilities to provide proper care to ourselves or loved one. Unfortunately, some nursing home facilities violate State and Federal Statutes concerning the quality of care to be provided in long term care facilities, which can cause severe injuries to vulnerable seniors and individuals who are reliant upon nursing home staff to assist them with the activities of daily living. Rich & Rich, P.C. fights for victims of nursing home negligence. Whatever the specific negligence involves, our experienced attorneys will pursue full compensation for injured residents of nursing home facilities in Manhattan and other locations in the five boroughs.
What are the most common types of nursing home negligence?
In Queens and elsewhere, we handle nursing home negligence cases arising from:
- Falls resulting in hip fractures, subdural hematomas and death
- Bedsores or pressure ulcers caused by the failure to turn and reposition residents at appropriate time intervals
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Failure to properly assess residents who are at risk for falling
- Failure to properly assess residents who are at risk of developing bed sores
- Failure to develop an adequate Care Plan to prevent at risk residents from falling
- Failure to develop an adequate Care Plan to prevent at risk residents from developing bed sores
- Failure to implement necessary safety interventions to prevent falls
- Failure to provide assistive devices to prevent accidents
- Failure to provide adequate monitoring and supervision to prevent accidents
- Failure to provide adequate assistance with the activities of daily living to prevent accidents
- Failure to timely toilet residents
- Failure to properly treat bed sores to promote healing and prevent infection
- Failure to diagnose sepsis and/or timely transfer a resident to a hospital
- Prescription of unnecessary or contraindicated medication
Whatever led to your nursing home claim, our accomplished attorneys deliver strategic advice and develop a strong legal strategy to hold nursing home facilities accountable for failing to provide the quality of care to their residents that is required by State and Federal Statutes.
What are the warning signs of nursing home negligence and abuse?
Many seniors have difficulty communicating about the negligence or abuse or neglect they may have endured at a nursing homecare facility. This could be due to physical or cognitive limitations, or intimidation from the staff. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected, possible warning signs may include:
- Unexplained injuries, marks and bruises — A broken hip, unexplained bruises or marks on a nursing home resident could indicate that a serious problem exists. We can investigate the injuries to determine whether they resulted from a failure to monitor the victim properly, rough treatment while moving the victim in or out of their wheelchair, the use of improper restraints or some other reasons.
- Bedsores and ulcers — Nursing home personnel have a responsibility to ensure that residents who are confined to a bed or a wheelchair are turned and repositioned frequently and checked so that they don’t develop pressure ulcers (commonly referred to as bedsores).
- Sudden weight loss — Nursing home staff also have a responsibility to make sure that nursing home residents receive proper nutrition and hydration. Rapid weight loss could mean that the facility has failed to ensure that a nursing home resident has maintained acceptable parameters of nutritional status and sufficient fluid intake to maintain proper hydration and health. These problems could also be associated with medication errors.
- Infections — Nursing homes have a duty to prevent residents who enter their facility from developing bedsores. They also have a duty to ensure that residents who develop bedsores receive necessary treatment and services to promote healing and prevent infection such as sepsis from developing.
There’s no risk when speaking to one of our nursing home abuse lawyers, because we don’t get paid until you collect a financial recovery.
What are the rights of nursing home residents?
New York State has set forth certain rights to nursing home residents. Among other things, these guidelines are meant to protect residents of care facilities from:
- Physical, verbal, sexual and mental abuse
- Use of restraints
- Infringement on a resident’s privacy rights
Our firm fights to hold nursing home facilities accountable when they have violated these statutes.
What type of compensation may I be entitled to if I have been a victim of nursing home negligence?
If a nursing home facility has been negligent in the care and treatment rendered to a resident, or has violated State and Federal Statutes concerning the Quality of Care to be provided in Long Term Care facilities, and a resident sustains injuries as a result, a victim can recover substantial monetary damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses, emotional harm and other damages available under New York law.
Contact an experienced Queens nursing home negligence lawyer to set up a consultation
Rich & Rich, P.C. represents nursing home residents injured as a result of negligence or abuse. Please call 347.696.7707 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.