Ira Slavit on the Tragic Case of Santoro v. Poughkeepsie Crossings

In the most recent issue of the Nassau Lawyer, the Nassau County Bar Association’s newsletter, Ira Slavit of Levine and Slavit, PLLC, wrote about the case of Santoro v. Poughkeepsie Crossings, in which a woman was sued by a nursing home for allegedly causing her mother’s death. Specifically, the nursing home initiated a third-party counterclaim against the woman for allegedly contributing to her mother’s death when she brought a wrongful death suit against the nursing home.

While the nursing home’s claims were ultimately dismissed by the Second Department of the New York State Appellate Division, it is an important case dealing with the issue of an adult child’s liability towards their infirm parent. It clarifies that there is no “new” duty imposed upon an adult child if they come to care for their infirm parent after they’ve been hospitalized, and that discharge instructions cannot impose that duty to protect a medical facility from liability for malpractice.

You can read the article here.

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