Long Island Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers
Nassau County lawyers representing Long Island victims of nursing home negligence
Long Island is a destination for families from throughout the New York metropolitan area and elsewhere. When elderly members of Nassau and Suffolk counties can no longer meet their own needs, many move into one of Long Island’s nursing homes. 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. With an office in Roslyn Heights, 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 Long Island and other locations in the five boroughs.
What are the most common types of nursing home negligence?
In Nassau and Suffolk counties, our firm provides skillful legal representation in nursing home abuse matters associated with the following medical conditions:
- 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
For these cases and others, our attorneys have the experience to 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?
Many seniors have difficulty communicating about the negligence or abuse they may have endured at a nursing home 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 someone 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.
You can get started immediately if you think a claim exists, because we only charge legal fees as a percentage of your eventual financial recovery.
What are the rights of nursing home residents?
New York State grants specific rights to nursing home residents. Under this statute, nursing home facilities are prohibited from engaging in various types of mistreatment, including:
- Physical, verbal, sexual and mental abuse
- Use of restraints against residents
- 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 accomplished Long Island nursing home negligence lawyer for a consultation
Rich & Rich, P.C. in Roslyn Heights represents Long Island victims of nursing home abuse or negligence. To schedule a consultation with an accomplished New York injury lawyer, please call 347.696.7707 or contact us online.