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

How to Identify Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

When people place their loved ones in the care of a nursing home, they do so with the hope and expectation that their loved ones will be properly cared for. Indeed, the law requires that nursing homes provide their residents with a level of care that will safeguard their health and make them as comfortable as possible. However, not every nursing home meets this standard, and it is essential that you recognize the possible signs that your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse or neglect.… Read the rest

Health Code Violations Found In Nursing Home Kitchens

According to a report by the nonprofit news organization FairWarning, nursing homes across the country have been found to operate kitchens with major health code violations. Over the course of five months, the reporters investigated conditions in nursing home kitchens across the country and found major failures of hygiene. This has been found to be an issue across the country, with unsanitary conditions apparently being common throughout the nursing home industry.… Read the rest

Physical Abuse in Nursing Homes

nursing home abuse lawyer New YorkElder abuse is a growing problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, one in 10 elders have reported emotional, physical, or sexual abuse or potential neglect in the last year. Elder abuse frequently occurs in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Today, as many as 3 million people are living in nursing home institutions in the U.S. One of the most prevalent forms of nursing home abuse is physical abuse.… Read the rest