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Nursing home negligence leads to fatality and arrests

When New York families make the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home, there is the expectation that a certain standard of care will be provided. There are also laws that must be adhered to and the resident should receive the attention that he or she requires. Unfortunately, there are times when facilities and its workers face allegations of ignoring standard procedures and it harms the resident. Other cases involve various forms of abuse whether it be physical, emotional, financial or all three. In some of these incidents, the resident will even die. If this happens, the family should be aware of their right to seek compensation through a legal filing.

Three employees were recently arrested for an incident that occurred in late-2015 in which an 81-year-old nursing home resident died after the staff allegedly failed to react to alarms from the resident's ventilator. The resident was in a wheelchair and relied on the ventilator to breathe. When the alarms began sounding, the workers did not respond for more than nine minutes. When they finally did, the resident was found to be unconscious and unresponsive. She was taken to the hospital where she died the next day. The workers are all facing charges of endangering a vulnerable elderly person or a disabled person's welfare. They also face charges of willfully violating health laws. The neglect is believed to have resulted in the woman's death.

Nursing homes are designed to provide care and treatment to those who need it. However, there are many different violations that can lead to harm and death. There are also abuses that can take place. Failing to properly care for residents and other violations are examples of nursing home negligence. When there is a belief that the staff at a facility has failed to administer the proper care and it has led to the resident suffering injury or a fatality, the family has the right to file a claim.

In this case, the woman died due to what is believed to have been negligence on the part of those who were supposed to be caring for her. It resulted in three arrests. With the number of people who are in nursing homes in New York, negligence, mistakes and abuse will sometimes occur. A full investigation must be done to accrue evidence and find out what happened. Those who have been affected by this should speak to a legal professional about a case to be compensated.

Source: Long Island Press, "Nassau Nursing Home Nurses, Aide Charged With Fatally Neglecting Patient," Timothy Bolger, Dec. 28, 2016

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