Bed Sores Are Warning Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

It is never pleasant to discover a loved one in a nursing home has bed sores. Aside from being painful for your loved one, bed sores can quickly progress from minor discomfort to a severe medical problem with potential long-term health implications. Always be on the lookout for bed sores, which are one of the surest signs of neglect for nursing home patients.… Read the rest

Nursing Home Abuse: Five Signs to Watch Out For

When the coronavirus pandemic hit New York, people with family members in nursing homes were forced to stay away from their loved ones for months. With the quarantine phasing out, many people are now seeing their family members again for the first time in months, and thus might only now become aware of potential abuse they have suffered. If this situation sounds familiar, you should check for these five signs to determine if your loved one might be the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect:… Read the rest

Addressing Nursing Home Abuse During the COVID Crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has severely taxed the healthcare system, and nursing homes especially have borne much of the harm caused by COVID-19. However, as bad as the situation might be in nursing homes right now, there is another lingering threat to residents they should be concerned about: nursing home neglect and abuse. And unfortunately, the COVID crisis may make it harder than ever to hold nursing homes accountable for these abuses.… Read the rest

NY Criticized for Placing Recovering COVID Patients in Nursing Homes

New York State has received substantial criticism for a controversial decision to move recovering coronavirus patients to nursing homes as a means of alleviating pressure on hospitals. According to the Associated Press, more than 4,500 patients recovering from COVID-19 were moved into nursing homes in New York State, due to a policy that has since been reversed by Governor Cuomo. The tally is a mere estimate however, as the New York State Department of Health has yet to release its own numbers.

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a highly infectious disease that has wreaked havoc on healthcare … Read the rest

State Legislators Call for Investigation of Nursing Home COVID Spread

New York has been hit harder by the coronavirus than any other state in America, with New York accounting for nearly a quarter of all coronavirus infections and deaths in the country. Nursing homes have been particularly badly hit, with a third of all coronavirus deaths across the United States occurring among nursing home residents and staff. Now, state legislators are calling for an investigation to find out why the virus has been so particularly devastating in nursing homes.… Read the rest

Immunity Law Shields NY Nursing Homes from Liability

At a time when the coronavirus is spreading throughout nursing homes and their residents are placed at high risk of infection, common sense would dictate it is more important than ever to hold nursing homes accountable for negligence. However, due to an executive order by Governor Cuomo and a provision in the recently passed budget bill granting immunity from coronavirus-related liability, it may be harder than ever to hold them liable for their negligence. This may come as a shock to anyone looking to sue a nursing home when their loved ones become ill.… Read the rest

Most Nursing Homes with Coronavirus Have History of Infections

In an analysis published by the Los Angeles Times, it was found that 89% of all nursing homes that have had coronavirus outbreaks in Los Angeles County had previously been cited for failing to observe anti-infection protocols. While not a surprising result, it is unfortunate for residents who are now infected and fighting for their lives against COVID-19. It also highlights the importance of infection control regulations in fighting outbreaks like the coronavirus.… Read the rest

Nearly Three Quarters of Nursing Homes Are Understaffed

A recent study in the Journal of Health Affairs has estimated that as much as 75% of all nursing homes are significantly understaffed. The study compared the number of registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and nurse aides to the staffing requirements set forth by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). What they found was that many nursing homes fell well below CMS requirements, often inflating their staffing numbers in government reports to save on their operational costs.… Read the rest

Study Find Sepsis to Be Leading Cause of Death in Hospitals

According to a new study in the medical journal The Lancet, sepsis is the leading cause of death in hospitals in the United States, and also one of the leading causes of death worldwide. By their estimates, a full fifth of all deaths in 2017 were related to sepsis, with incidence rates being particularly high in sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania, and south, east and southeast Asia. Although the overall rate of sepsis has fallen in the United States, it remains the single largest health risk patients face in hospitals.… Read the rest

Pain and Suffering Claims Reinstated in Nursing Home Malpractice Case

The First Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated a plaintiff’s pre-mortem pain and suffering claim that was initially dismissed by the district court. The claim is part of a 2014 case involving a woman who had been transferred to a New York City nursing home after hospitalization for severe respiratory distress and pneumonia, where she eventually died of cardiac arrest due to severe septic shock. The claim is dependent on evidence of the decedent’s mental state prior to her death.… Read the rest