Nursing Home Error
As our nation’s population ages, the elderly are unable to take care of themselves, as family and friends are not always available to care for them. As a result, nursing homes and assisted living facilities have experienced an increase in their resident population. According to our New York Nursing Home Error Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, there are approximately 1.5 million senior citizens living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the United States. Unfortunately, the elderly are experiencing physical and financial abuse in many of these facilities. The elderly often are victimized by doctor mistake, hospital error or nursing mistake. The injuries that result can cover the gamut; brain injury, broken bones, spinal injury or even death if there is a fall, to misdiagnosis and prescribing the wrong medication in terms of their daily treatment.
We entrust our loved ones to the care and well-being of a nursing home and we expect them to receive proper care and respect. Unfortunately, nursing homes often attempt to cut their budget and maximize their profit by hiring unqualified or inadequately trained employees. Our New York Nursing Home Error Lawyer staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has learned thousands of nursing home residents suffer an injury or death every year resulting from a nursing home error.
Nursing home error can cause a variety of injury, such as bed sores, falls, infections, fractures, malnutrition, dehydration and lacerations. Our New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer group at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC agree that failure to monitor patient is among the causes of nursing home error, along with:
- Inadequately trained employees
- Unsupervised employees
- Medication errors
- Unattended patients
- Poorly maintained living conditions
In most cases, nursing home staff is aware of the special requirements of the elderly. However, some staff will ignore their responsibility and cause or allow a detrimental patient injury, such as from a slip and fall. The devastation from a fall can be deadly.
Inadequate medical treatment while at a nursing home can allow bed sores or gangrene. In turn, bed sores and gangrene can lead to serious infections. Open wounds resulting from advanced bed sores can create a pathway allowing bacteria to enter the blood stream leading to sepsis. Sepsis can lead to shock and organ failure. If the injury or infection is the result of nursing home error, our New York Injury Lawyer group at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC will fight to protect your rights and pursue monetary compensation for your losses.
A common nursing home error is medication error. Medication error can lead to serious injury and death. In addition, many prescription medications have significant side effects. Our New York Nursing Home Error Lawyer group has found common medication side effects include allergic reaction, liver failure, cardiac problems, kidney failure and psychological effects. If you are suffering injury due to medication error, our New York Nursing Home Error Lawyer staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC will guide you through the legal process and fight for the monetary compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you love is suffering from nursing home error, contact our New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer team with Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC for a free initial case evaluation. Please call us at 800.696.9529, online or contact one of our New York City offices in Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, the Bronx or Brooklyn, our New York office in Westchester County or one of our Long Island offices in Nassau County or Suffolk County.