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Nursing Home Spinal Injuries

As we age, many of us will need more care than our families can provide. Nursing homes fill this need and can provide the elderly with the care they need on a daily basis. When we entrust an elderly family member to a nursing home or other care facility, we expect them to be treated with the utmost respect and attention. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and thousands of complaints regarding nursing home abuse are filed yearly. 

Spinal injuries are among the most common and severe injuries sustained due to nursing home abuse or neglect. These injuries often have grave and lasting consequences for those affected. If your family member sustained a spinal injury in a nursing home, a seasoned New York spinal injury attorney might be able to help. The skilled nursing home abuse lawyers at Dalli & Marino, LLP, have been helping families in New York for 27 years and are committed to holding those responsible for your loved one’s injuries fully accountable for their actions. 

Common Causes of New York Nursing Home Spinal Injuries

Nursing home patients often need help moving from place to place with the assistance of a medical professional. The patient may suffer a life-altering spinal injury if these needs are neglected. Some of the most common causes of spinal injuries in nursing homes include:

  • Being dropped by a caretaker during a transfer from a bed to a chair or vice versa
  • Slipping or tripping due to a spill, vision problems, or other hazardous conditions
  • Losing balance in the bath or shower
  • Falling due to lack of maintenance on walkers and wheelchairs
  • Falling due to medications that cause dizziness or drowsiness

In many cases, spinal injuries in nursing homes are preventable. The facility should have safety protocols to prevent falls and respond to them when they occur. When these protocols are neglected, elderly patients may suffer severe spinal injuries such as fractures, central cord syndrome, and herniated discs. 

Complications That Stem From Spinal Injuries

The spine is an integral part of the body as it supports your ability to stand, holds up your head, and protects your spinal cord. Injuries to the spine can severely affect many parts of the body, leading to other serious health concerns. A few of the most common complications from spinal injuries include:

  • Trouble breathing, among other respiratory issues
  • Paralysis affecting the arms, legs, or other parts of the body
  • Numbness or loss of tactile sensation
  • Loss of coordination
  • Decreased control of bowel movements and other bodily functions

While some patients may be able to bounce back quickly from a spinal injury, the elderly may suffer from the resulting complications for the rest of their lives. These complications may cause the senior’s health to deteriorate rapidly. Many elderly patients with spinal cord injuries develop pneumonia, a leading cause of death among seniors. 

If your loved one is a spinal cord injury victim due to someone else’s negligence, you do not have to deal with the aftermath alone. A skilled nursing home abuse lawyer from Dalli & Marino, LLP, can help you pursue a claim for compensation and the justice you and your loved one deserve. 

How a Skilled New York Nursing Home Abuse Attorney May Be Able to Help

After a loved one suffers a severe injury such as one to their spine, it can be challenging to determine your next steps on your own. At Dalli & Marino, LLP, our nursing home abuse attorneys understand the pressure you are under and aim to make the claims process as stress-free as possible so you can focus on your family. A few ways our lawyers can help you with your case include:

  • Interviewing witnesses to the injury
  • Gathering evidence to support your claim
  • Partnering with expert witnesses to help determine fault and testify in court if necessary
  • Aggressively advocating for your and your loved one’s rights and interests through every step of the legal process
  • Holding negligent and liable parties responsible for their actions

Our lawyers personalize their approach to every case to ensure each of our client’s unique concerns are addressed. When you partner with us, you can rest assured that your case is in the caring hands of a seasoned legal professional. 

Speak With a Trusted Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer Today

If someone you love is combating spinal injuries caused by nursing home abuse or neglect, you need a dependable lawyer in your corner. At Dalli & Marino, LLP, we are committed to helping our clients achieve justice for their elderly loved ones. Our spinal injury attorneys know the ins and outs of New York state law and have a proven track record of recovering millions of dollars in damages for our clients and their families. To learn more about how we can help you and schedule a free consultation, call us at (888) 465-8790 or complete our contact form

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