Most people probably assume that nursing homes would be diligent in the hiring and supervision of their employees, ensuring that only the most caring and qualified individuals are entrusted with the health and safety of some of society's most vulnerable people. Yet, this isn't always the case. Sometimes, individuals who are unable to control their frustrations lash out at nursing home residents, resulting in serious injuries.
Although bedsores can happen naturally in many cases - simply by being in bed for most of the day - their presence could also be an indication of neglect. In fact, one of the hallmark signs that your loved one has become the victim of nursing home neglect is the presentation of bedsores, which are also known as pressure ulcers.
The decision to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home is not an easy one to make. However, most New York residents comfort themselves with the thought that the home where their loved one has been placed is staffed by experienced, well-trained, caring and compassionate employees. While many of these homes adequately meet the needs of residents, too many times employees at these homes subject innocent residents to abuse and neglect.
Previously, this blog discussed undue influence and the effect it can have on estate planning and the execution of an estate. Although many New Yorkers think that their estate is safe from the influence of others, especially when trusted friends and family surround them, the truth of the matter is that those who are closest to an individual can sometimes be the most problematic.
New Yorkers who place a loved one in a nursing home may be concerned about their elderly loved one's health and well-being. This is why many New Yorkers make extensive efforts to vet any potential placements for their loved ones. However, despite diligent efforts, many New Yorkers find that their loved ones are in the care of negligent and abusive nursing home professionals. Although compensation may be available to victims of abuse and neglect, succeeding on such a claim requires putting forth competent and compelling evidence.
As we have discussed previously on this blog, nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect are much more common than many people realize. It only takes one rogue employee to seriously injure or even kill a vulnerable resident. The aftermath of such an incident can be devastating. Those victims who are fortunate enough to survive can be left facing extreme pain and suffering, a worsened medical condition with, perhaps, a decreased chance of survival and additional medical expenses. Surviving family members can be left with similar damages, and their emotional harm can be immeasurable.
On various occasions, this blog has discussed nursing home abuse and how damaging it can be to those who are victimized. Oftentimes, discussions of nursing home abuse are couched in terms of physical harm. Although physical injuries are more common than many people think and can cause extensive pain and suffering, physical abuse is not the only type of abuse to which a nursing home resident can be subjected.
Previously on this blog we have discussed malnutrition that occurs in nursing homes. When innocent residents are subjected to inadequate nutrition, their health and well-being can be put at serious risk. Far too often, those who are subjected to malnutrition suffer from worsened medical conditions or death. Recovering from the damages malnutrition can impose can be difficult, but pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit may be beneficial.
Nursing homes are meant to be safe places for elderly individuals whose loved ones are unable to provide them with the day-to-day care they need. Many nursing home residents are frail, unable to speak for themselves and tragically, those who are able to voice their concerns may not be listened to by nursing home staff. This can create a dangerous environment where nursing home residents are put at risk of being seriously injured by nursing home abuse or neglect.
Nursing homes care for some of the most vulnerable people amongst our population. These elderly individuals are oftentimes medically frail, requiring close monitoring and the provision of adequate medical services. When these matters are not appropriately handled, then innocent nursing home residents can be seriously harmed. This is why New York has implemented a number of regulations aimed to ensure nursing home safety.