Nursing Home Accidents

Elderly Couple in Assisted Living

The attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros have been representing New York patients and their families that have suffered injuries while confined to either nursing homes or hospitals for over forty (40) years.

Patients in hospitals and nursing homes entrust those facilities with their lives and well-being. Both hospitals and nursing homes are required by law to provide an adequate level of care. If you are injured as a result of receiving a level of care that can be considered to be negligent then you may be entitled to be compensated with monetary damages.

Bed sores acquired in a hospital or nursing home are also called “decubitis ulcers” or “pressure sores”. These sores are caused by prolonged pressure on any area of the body that comes into continuous contact with the bed or other object and commonly develop in the parts of the body that come into constant contact with the bed such as the lower back area, the heels, elbows and shoulders. When people are elderly, injured or disabled they are unable to move and change positions making them susceptible to developing bed sores when confined to a hospital or nursing home facility. These people thus require the care of others to prevent the development of bed sores. When hospitals and nursing homes do not provide the proper level of care to either avoid the development of bed sores or to diagnose and treat them in a timely manner this may constitute malpractice.

Bed sores often can and should be prevented with proper care, which care starts with and requires a sufficient and attentive staff. Once a patient is identified to be at risk for bed sores, as a result of being confined to a bed, then that patient needs to be provided with a special bed and needs to be turned and repositioned on a regular schedule. The attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros have successfully handled numerous cases involving both the proper care as well as the avoidance of bed sores for many years. Since there are special rules and laws that apply to hospitals and nursing homes, specifically with regard to bed sores, it is important to speak to an attorney with experience in this area of law.

Over thirty years ago our firm represented a young man who was paralyzed as a result of a serious car accident. When the family called our firm to complain that the young man was unable to move and was developing bed sores our attorneys called and wrote the hospital requesting that he be provided with the special bed and care that he needed. When the hospital failed to provide the care he required and the bed sores became worse our firm filed a suit against the hospital and recovered $250,000 for that young man. Since then the attorneys at the firm of Jaroslawicz & Jaros have been very aware of the dangers of bed sores and the suffering that they needlessly cause to persons who are either elderly or injured and have successfully brought many cases on their behalf.

Fall Injuries

Falls in hospitals and nursing homes are also a common problem. When patients are admitted to a facility they need to be properly evaluated for what is called a “fall risk assessment”. Once a patient is evaluated then the proper level of care, monitoring and assistance needs to be provided. The lawyers at Jaroslawicz & Jaros have successfully handled many cases involving falls by patients in both hospitals and nursing homes under many different circumstances.

Some of the clients our firm has represented who have fallen and been injured while in a medical facility comprise many different fact patterns, including; a commode which was missing the proper rubber ends on its legs and slipped from under a patient; a patient who was dropped while being lifted by a HOYA lift; a patient who was left to go the bathroom on his own despite having been evaluated as requiring assistance and then slipped and fell; patients who needed to use the bathroom and the nurses did not answer the call bells so they tried to go on their own and were injured when they fell as they tried to get out of bed; bed rails that were left in a down position when they should have been raised; patients suffering dementia or confusion who were left unattended and many other specific fact patterns.

Unfortunately, falls in hospitals and nursing homes often result in serious injuries, and in elderly and frail patients often result in a fractured hip or other serious fractures. As a result of these injuries many such patients often rapidly deteriorate both physically and mentally and even die after a fall. That is why the prevention of these types of injuries with proper care is so important.

With respect to nursing homes or residential health care facilities, the law is particularly strict. If a patient suffers any injury in a nursing home because of a failure to treat the patient properly, a private lawsuit may be brought to recover all damages See the complete article “Senior Citizens in Assisted Living Facilities” written by David Jaroslawicz of Jaroslawicz & Jaros.

Jaroslawicz & Jaros has brought many suits and has been successful in obtaining substantial compensation for persons who were caused to suffer from bed sores and falls while confined to nursing homes or hospitals. So if you or someone you know has been injured in a Hospital or Nursing Home as a result of a fall, or who has suffered from bed sores, then you need to contact the attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros who can review the medical and nursing home records with an appropriate medical expert, including nurses and doctors, and can then provide you with a legal opinion as to whether or not you have a viable case.

If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, call Jaroslawicz & Jaros at 212-227-2780, or toll free in New York 1-800-269-2780, or submit an online questionnaire. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation. Or you can email ajaros@lawjaros.com.