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New York law on nursing home elder abuse

On Behalf of | Feb 17, 2017 | Nursing Home Injuries |

Sometimes you cannot help but take an elderly loved one to a nursing home, especially when they need specialized care. The nursing home parts with a lump sum of your earnings every year. Therefore, it is only just for the home to look after the residents keenly. Some proprietors neglect their premises in a bid to maximize profits, subjecting the home dwellers to the risk of sustaining nursing home injuries. The nursing home staff must exhibit a reasonable standard of care. However, understaffing in some homes leads to elder abuse as the few employees available are overwhelmed by the work.


Irrespective of all this, there are no justifiable reasons for the suffering of a feeble senior in the hands of nursing home owners. Poorly attended residents can develop painful bedsores. Older adults need tender care as their bodies are delicate and an accident like a fall can cause severe bone fractures, yet the victims’ brittle bones can take an eon to heal. Surprisingly, more senior citizens live in their homes than in nursing homes, but the number of falls reported in nursing homes is usually bigger than at home. These reports depict that a significant level of nursing home negligence exists. In New York, nursing home residents have the right to:

  • Respect, dignity and comfortable dwellings
  • Quality care and treatment
  • Exercise human rights without reprisals
  • Safeguard of property
  • Make independent decisions
  • A user-friendly and responsive complaint procedure
  • Participate in desired communities and activities

Most aged people suffer from certain health conditions which require routine examination. Some of them sustain injuries during their movement to and from the hospital due to rough handling by undertrained workers. Poor medical conditions deny our elderly loved ones the joy of a fulfilling life. Sometimes the victims die prematurely. It can be a big challenge to determine if relatives or friends are suffering in long-term care facilities especially when they cannot even speak for themselves.

If you know or you suspect that your loved one is suffering in a long-term care facility near Rochester, call a nursing home injuries claim lawyer immediately. The attorney may be able to help you and the victim to get compensation for personal injury, medical expenses, pain and suffering and other atrocities the aged person may have experienced.


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