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Monday, February 27, 2017

Family of Deceased Nursing Home Patient Files Medical Malpractice Suit

How can I hold a nursing home accountable for injuries to my loved one?

The family members of a deceased nursing home patient have filed suit against the U.S. government, alleging that the elderly veteran died after falling twice in a government run nursing home in New York City.  In the lawsuit, the family members of Aaron Thompson claim that the government, as owner of nursing home facility, acted negligently and committed medical malpractice by failing to help Thompson out of his bed, leading him to fall twice on the same day and subsequently causing his death.

Nursing Home Abuse in NYC

Sadly, Thompson’s death is not an isolated incident.  Millions of Americans across the country currently reside in nursing home care.  It is anticipated that as the United States population continues to age, the percentage of elderly individuals that eventually live in nursing homes will grow.  With more nursing homes being created and additional residents entering them, rates of nursing home abuse are similarly increasing.  

There are several different causes of nursing home abuse.  Some of the most common causes seen in New York include:

  • Inadequate staff
  • Undertrained nurses and staff
  • Inadequate maintenance of the facility and medical equipment
  • Lack of thorough background checks

No matter the cause, a New York nursing home can be held accountable for instances of neglect and abuse that lead to patient injuries or deaths.  Nursing home abuse claims can be predicated on negligence on the part of the nursing home owner or medical malpractice due poor nursing care.  Injured nursing home abuse victims or the family members of those killed while in nursing home care may be eligible to receive damages for medical expenses, emotional and mental pain and suffering, funeral costs, and much more.   

Nursing home abuse can be hard to detect.  If your loved one resides in a nursing home, stop by to visit frequently and be alert to any sudden changes in your loved one’s behavior or physical and mental state.  Consult with a New York City nursing home abuse attorney if you suspect your loved one is being neglected or abused.  


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