The recent indictment in Nassau County and conviction in Ulster County of nursing home workers make it clear that neglect and abuse in nursing homes is a very serious problem. When a nursing home patient receives substandard care, it can have devastating results for these patients, many of whom are made more vulnerable by conditions like dementia.
Some warning signs that a loved one may be at risk for elder abuse or neglect include:
- Bed Sores
- Urine or Feces odor
- Loss of appetite
One indicator that your loved one is being neglected in a nursing home is the development of bedsores. Bedsores, or decubitus ulcers, form as a result of lying still for extended periods of time, and are a clear indicator of substandard care. These sores are extremely uncomfortable for the patient, and can cause life threatening complications if left untreated.
There are numerous New York State and Federal laws to ensure the well-being of nursing home patients, but unfortunately many elderly people are still neglected. Elder abuse and neglect is so prevalent that it is estimated that over two million Americans over the age of 65 have been neglected or abused by a caregiver, and 91% of nursing homes lack adequate staffing to care for residents.
Under current laws, nursing homes are responsible for injuries suffered as a result of a failure to:
- prevent pressure sores, also known as decubitus ulcers;
- provide adequate nutrition and hydration;
- maintain range of motion of patients;
- maintain a resident’s ability to bathe, dress, groom and walk from a bed to a chair;
The existence of a bed sore indicates that the patient received substandard care. Non-healing sores, and sores that are not adequately or promptly addressed, can lead to amputations and sometimes even death.
At Bonina & Bonina, P.C. we have been successfully fighting for the rights and dignity of injured patients for over forty years. Both partners at Bonina & Bonina, P.C. have the highest possible “AV” rating by Martindale Hubbell, and have been featured in “Super Lawyers” for the last 10 years. The firm has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in New York Magazine’s “Best Lawyers” Issue.
If you or a loved one has been injured by negligence, we will listen to you, explain your options, and help you decide what action to take. The consultation is free, whether you call toll free at 1-888-MEDLAW1 (633-5291) or fill out a contact form to submit via E-mail.