Experienced Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys in Brooklyn
American nursing homes and rehabilitation centers are generally civilized, clean and courteous. People of advanced age and those suffering from severe illness receive care and medical treatment in nursing homes and hospitals that can immeasurably ease the lives of their children and grandchildren.
Unfortunately, careless attitudes towards patients and neglect causing medical and nursing mistakes are not uncommon situations. And these have serious consequences toward their health, which may include:
For relatives and loved ones in these situations, it is imperative to know that there is an effective legal mechanism to combat nursing and medical mistakes and win monetary compensation.
The law firm of Kadanoff & Kadanoff, PLLC has long established itself as a reputable and trustworthy law office focusing on situations involving medical malpractice and personal injury claims. In 50 years of successful practice in New York, Kadanoff & Kadanoff has succeeded in obtaining many verdicts and settlements for victims of medical carelessness and their loved ones. Readers of Novoe Rysskoe Slovo, the Courier and Russkaya Reklama are already familiar with several articles about the firm regarding doctors’ mistakes due to incorrect diagnoses, incorrect courses of treatment, and mistakes during surgery or birth traumas.
How does one determine improper care to a patient who, because of illness or inability to move, must spend most of their time in bed? The most obvious signal of distress is a bedsore, or, as it is sometimes called, a pressure sore, or a decubitus ulcer. In other words, the dying of skin in an area that is subjected to prolonged pressure due to lack of movement. Bedsores may appear on the heels and backs of patients who cannot get out of bed and ambulate without assistance. Bedsores range in severity from mild, or stage I, to Stage IV. The fourth, the most extreme stage, is gangrene, which may include damage to the muscle or bone tissue and infection that can spread to other organs. In cases of severe neglect, a bedsore may result in amputation of an extremity or severe infection.
It is important to know that in most cases of care to immobile people, a bedsore, if properly cared for, cannot reach Stage III or IV. When a nurse or another medical associate notices the first signs of a bedsore, in the way of redness or blisters, measures should be taken right away. The most simple and effective method is to regularly move the person so that the pressure evenly distributes throughout the body.
Besides bedsores, sure signs of inadequate care are fractures, which occur when patients fall. That means that someone did not watch, react timely or use proper precautions to prevent this. Unfortunately, laziness and a cavalier attitude often override a professional attitude and a moral obligation. Factors such as overcrowded nursing homes and hospitals and unqualified staff also contribute. It also happens that a doctor may prescribe the wrong medication to a patient without looking into a patient’s chart.
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Placing a family member in a nursing home involves considerable trust. When nursing home operators break that trust they are liable for the suffering of others. Kadanoff & Kadanoff, PLLC advocates for seniors who have been subjected to abuse from nursing home staff. If you believe the care your family member is receiving is inadequate, contact us at 718.875.6706 or [online] to schedule a free initial consultation.