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How Understaffing Reduces the Quality of Care in NYC Nursing Homes

Understaffing in nursing homes is a true emergency in facilities around the country. The residents who rely on staff members to care for their physical and medical needs suffer when there’s not enough nursing staff to care for each one adequately. Eventually, understaffing in nursing homes leads to severe injuries or death. In New York, there is no law limiting the staff-to-resident ratio at Read More >>

What are Signs that Your Loved One Might be a Victim of Elder Abuse?

Approximately one in six Americans aged 60 or older has experienced some sort of abuse. Some have been abused in their own homes by family members or relatives, while others have been mistreated or neglected in nursing home facilities. Unfortunately, as elderly people grow older and weaker, they may be incapable of recognizing signs of abuse. Even if they do, they may not be able to clearly Read More >>

Family of Elderly Woman Awarded $550,000 Due To Fatal Bedsore Caused By Neglect at a Nassau County Nursing Home

The family of an elderly woman was recently awarded $550,000 because her negligent care at a Nassau County skilled nursing facility caused a bedsore that ultimately led to fatal infections. The settlement was negotiated by the nursing home abuse attorneys at the law firm of Dalli & Marino, LLP. LACK OF TURNING AND POSITIONING CAUSED BEDSORE TO WORSEN The 86-year-old patient was admitted with Read More >>

UPDATE: New Congressional Bill Would Ban Forced Arbitration Clauses In Nursing Home Contracts

Clauses Prevent Families From Suing a Facility in Court for Neglect and Abuse of a Loved One Last December, two members of Congress introduced a bill that would ban skilled nursing facilities from requiring residents to sign forced arbitration agreements before being admitted. These types of contracts protect a nursing home if your loved one suffers neglect or abuse in their facility. By signing, Read More >>

Understaffing At Nursing Homes Often Leads To Elder Abuse Including Bedsores and Falls

As the U.S. population ages, the need for quality elder care increases nationwide. Often, families turn to skilled nursing facilities to provide the best care for their loved ones. But some estimates reveal an alarmingly disproportionate ratio of staff to residents that can result in negligence and abuse. On average, U.S. nursing homes have one aide on duty for every 10 residents, based on Read More >>

Should We File A Lawsuit if Our Parent Develops Bedsores At a Nursing Home? – Part 2: Trial

In our prior post, we looked at the process around filing a lawsuit if your loved one suffers from bedsores at a skilled nursing facility. According to the federal government, over 2.5 million people develop bedsores each year often occurring at nursing homes where understaffing causes negligent care of its residents. “The presence of bedsores is a leading indicator of elder abuse, which is Read More >>

Nursing Home Oversight: Governor Signs Bill Expanding Reporting, Enforcement Processes

From the Office of New York State Assembly Member, Richard N. Gottfried: A new law expanding nursing home reporting requirements, quality oversight, and financial transparency was signed by (New York) Governor Cuomo on December 16. The bill, A4757A/S5908, was sponsored by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried and Senate Health Committee Chair Gustavo Rivera. The new law: Requires Read More >>

Why The Holidays Are A Prime Time For Elder Abuse And What You Can Do To Thwart It

Why The Holidays Are A Prime Time For Elder Abuse – The Conversation The holidays provide us with an opportunity to be more alert to signs of elder abuse and neglect, according to Kathleen Wilber, professor of gerontology at the University of Southern California writing for The Conversation. She reports that the World Health Organization says one in six older adults worldwide is a victim of Read More >>

Should We File A Lawsuit if Our Parent Develops Bedsores At a Nursing Home? – Part 1: Pre-Trial

Bedsores are a leading indicator of nursing home neglect. The appearance of these injuries usually means that the resident was not properly moved or transferred as required, cutting off the blood supply to the skin. If your loved one has developed bedsores in a skilled nursing facility, you may want to hold that entity and its staff accountable for their negligence by filing a personal injury Read More >>

Paralyzed Man Awarded $750,000 for Bedsores Caused By Neglect at a Bronx Nursing Home

A jury recently awarded $750,000 to a paralyzed man who suffered from bedsores caused by negligent care at a skilled nursing facility in Bronx County. The settlement was negotiated by the nursing home abuse attorneys at the law firm Dalli & Marino, LLP. The resident was often left in a wheelchair for extended periods of time without being moved or transferred as required by his care plan. Read More >>