Nursing Home Negligence Attorney

Choosing a nursing home for a relative may be one of the most difficult decisions a family may have to make. Discovering that a loved one has been victimized by neglect, abuse or mistreatment in the nursing home would make things that much worse. If you think that may have happened to a member of your family, you should consider obtaining the services of a skilled New York nursing home negligence attorney.

The federal agency that oversees Medicare and Medicaid recently reported that, during a 12-month period that ended August 2012, state inspectors visiting about 15,000 nursing homes nationwide found over 134,602 deficiencies. More than half of these were rated as having the potential to cause more than minimal harm. The most common citations came for failure to prevent accidents, remove hazards or provide adequate supervision for residents. Inadequate control of infections was another common failing.

Nursing Home Negligence Law in New York

To protect the physical and mental health of residents, federal and state government agencies have created extensive regulations for nursing homes, assisted-living centers and skilled nursing facilities. Even so, serious lapses -- even shocking cases of mistreatment -- are common. In 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general found widespread use of unnecessarily powerful, potentially deadly antipsychotic drugs, as facilities found it more convenient to sedate patients rather than to care for them.

Nursing homes that properly follow established standards of care should not let patients become dehydrated or malnourished, or develop bed sores, which are not only painful but could also lead to additional health problems or even death. In facilities with proper staffing and supervision, assault or abuse of helpless patients and failure to properly monitor or treat patients should not occur.

Free Consultation: Experienced New York City Nursing Home Negligence Attorney

If someone in your family may have suffered a serious injury due to poor or abusive care at a nursing home, assisted-living center, or long-term or skilled nursing facilities, you owe it to them, and to yourself, to take up our offer of a consultation with an expert.

If you or someone in your family has been harmed by nursing home negligence, you should consult a New York City lawyer. For a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced New York nursing home negligence attorney, call the Law Office of Shane D. Scott, PC toll-free at 800-230-0744, at no risk or obligation to you.

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