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Bronx Bedsore Lawyers

As Bronx, New York Nursing Home Negligence and Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys that specialize in cases surrounding Bedsores, Dalli & Marino, LLP ensures that you understand the law, your rights and what you CAN do to take action in these circumstances. Our lawyers have represented hundreds of cases of neglect in nursing homes and other facilities leading to bedsores and pressure ulcers in this borough and in other parts of the New York City Metro area.

BEDSORE LAWSUITS

If your loved one has been the victim of abuse or neglect and has developed bedsores as a result, you may decide to hold the person or entity responsible for your loved one’s injury accountable for their negligent actions by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Entering into the legal process can seem daunting and you may have questions about how a bedsore lawsuit works as well as how you can receive compensation. Dalli & Marino, LLP are attorneys who specialize in cases surrounding, and advocates for. the elderly and their families in cases of neglect or other mistreatment in hospitals, nursing homes and other care facilities.

Statute of Limitations for Bedsore Claims

When you are seeking to file a personal injury claim, it is important to be aware that the law limits the amount of time that an individual has to file a lawsuit. This deadline is called the statute of limitations. The length of the statute of limitations varies depending on the claim at issue. In general, in New York, you have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit if the claim is for negligence. However, if a claim involves medical malpractice then the statute of limitations is shorter, generally two and a half years from the end of treatment by the doctor or hospital that committed the malpractice. Each case is different and a different statute of limitations may apply. If you have questions about the timeliness of your claim you are well served to contact an attorney.

The Process Of A Bedsore Lawsuit

While all lawsuits have their own unique set of facts, in general, they progress in a similar manner. A complaint is filed, discovery is conducted, settlement negotiations take place, and if no agreement is reached, the case goes to trial in a Bronx, New York court. This section will look at each of these steps in more detail. Of course, just because a case is filed there is no guarantee there will be a recovery.

Pre-Trial

Filing A Complaint

In order to initiate a lawsuit, the person bringing the lawsuit — called the plaintiff — files a complaint in the proper court. A complaint is “[t]he initial pleading that starts a civil action and states the basis for the court’s jurisdiction, the basis for the plaintiff’s claim, and the demand for relief.” Black’s Law Dictionary 323 (9th ed. 2009). The complaint is served on the person or entity from whom compensation is sought — called the defendant. The defendant then has an opportunity to respond by filing an answer. An answer is “[a] defendant’s first pleading that addresses the merits of the case, usually by denying the plaintiff’s allegations.” Id. at 107. In addition, “[a]n answer usually sets forth the defendant’s defenses and counterclaims.” Id. After these documents are submitted and exchanged, the case moves to the discovery phase.

In lieu of an answer, a defendant may file a motion to dismiss instead. If this occurs, then the plaintiff will file a response to the motion and a hearing will be held. At the hearing each party will argue why the case should or should not be dismissed and the judge will make a ruling. If the judge does not decide to dismiss the case, then the defendant will file an answer and the case will move to the discovery phase.

Discovery

The discovery phase of litigation is where each party builds their case and learns information from the other side through various discovery tools. The most common methods of discovery used are:

  • Interrogatories
  • Requests for Production (of documents, photos, etc.)
  • Request for Admission
  • Depositions

Discovery takes time to complete. The length of time that this phase lasts depends on a number of factors. For example, the discovery in a more complex case will take a longer amount of time to complete than a simple case. In addition, the discovery phase can also last a greater amount of time if there are a lot of disputes over evidence or witnesses. For example, if the plaintiff requests a document and the defense objects to producing that document, then the parties may have to go before a judge so the judge can decide if the document should be produced.

Once discovery has been completed, the case will move to trial. This can take several months or even years depending on where the case is filed.

Settlement Discussions

One thing about which most people may not be aware is that many cases are not decided at trial. The vast majority of civil cases end in a settlement agreement. Settlement discussion can occur throughout the litigation process. This agreement can be reached through settlement negotiations that are conducted by the parties or by going through mediation. Mediation is “[a] method of nonbinding dispute resolution involving a neutral third party who tries to help the disputing parties reach a mutually agreeable solution.” Id. at 1070. If an agreement cannot be reached through these dispute resolution methods, then the case may proceed to trial.

Trial

Most trials follow the same general format. The plaintiff will go first and make his or her case for the jury by putting on evidence and questioning witnesses. The plaintiff will try to show, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the defendant should be held liable for the plaintiff’s injuries. Once the plaintiff has completed his or her presentation of the evidence, it is the defendant’s turn. The defendant will then make his or her case for why he or she is not responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries. After both sides rest, each party has the opportunity to make a closing argument.

The case then goes to the jury, who deliberates. Once the jury has reached a verdict, it is read to the court, and the plaintiff will learn whether or not the defendant will be held liable and what damages the jury has decided are appropriate.

Bedsore Damages

One thing that you may be wondering when deciding whether or not to file a lawsuit against a negligent caretaker is what your loved one can be compensated for. Can your loved one recover damages for the extensive medical bills that have been racking up? Can your loved one recover any compensation for the considerable pain and suffering he or she has endured? Can you make the person or entity pay damages because their behavior was egregious?

The answer is, it depends. What damages are recoverable in a case will depend on the facts and circumstances of that particular case.

Damages can be broken down into two categories: compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are meant to compensate the plaintiff for the harm he or she suffered and the losses he or she incurred as a result of the defendants negligence. This category includes things like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Punitive damages, by contrast, are not meant to compensate the plaintiff. Rather punitive damages are used to punish the defendant for past reprehensible behavior and to deter any similar behavior in the future. It is important to note that punitive damages are only available in certain instances when a defendant’s behavior was particularly willful or egregious.

CONTACT A BRONX NEW YORK BEDSORE ATTORNEY

If you or a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse, including neglect in a Bronx, New York, nursing home or another type of negligent care leading to bedsores, pressure ulcers, or other related injuries, please do not hesitate to contact the law firm of Dalli & Marino, LLP. Our attorneys have extensive experience in the entire discipline, in cases and the law surrounding bedsores, and are dedicated to helping our clients recover just compensation for their injuries. Please our office today at 888 465-8790, or complete our online form.

 

Dalli & Marino – New York Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Dalli & Marino, LLP is a premier nursing home negligence and elder abuse law firm serving New York City, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut. Our team of attorneys is familiar with all major nursing home facilities in the New York metropolitan area and has been fighting for the rights of nursing home residents for over 20 years. Dalli & Marino has won millions of dollars for victims of nursing home negligence.

 

Dalli & Marino – Bronx Bedsore Lawyers

Dalli & Marino, LLP is a premier nursing home negligence and elder abuse law firm serving the Bronx and all of New York City, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut. Our team of attorneys is familiar with all major nursing home facilities in the New York metropolitan area and has been fighting for the rights of nursing home residents for over 20 years. Dalli & Marino has won millions of dollars for victims of nursing home negligence.

Lawyers Not Screeners

In addition to speaking to a live person whenever you call Dalli & Marino to discuss a nursing home abuse or negligence case, you’ll find that every case is screened by a lawyer, not a receptionist. Contact us and speak to a lawyer who can tell you if you have a case.

Focus

A firm must be experienced in the particulars of nursing home operations and applicable state and federal law to be (persuasively) successful at trial. Dalli & Marino, LLP is that law frm.

Evidence Gathering

Gathering evidence in today’s environment requires a clear understanding of the rules, plus the possible role of electronic medical records/electronic health records (EMR/EHR) and expert witnesses.

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