If you believe you have been injured by the negligent acts of a hospital employee in New York, you may wonder how a lawsuit against the hospital might proceed. While every case is different, your case is likely to follow the same guidelines that govern other medical malpractice matters in the state.
In previous posts, we have discussed the types of abuse that take place in U.S. nursing homes, as reported to the National Ombudsman Reporting Service. In this final chapter of our series on nursing home abuse, we will focus on one of the most often overlooked and least discussed types of abuse: financial exploitation.
A Bronx certified nurse aide was recently arrested and accepted a plea deal for sexually assaulting one of his patients in a case that highlights the growing problem of sexual abuse in nursing homes. The New York Daily News reports that the 42-year-old male nurse sexually abused his 64-year-old female dementia patient while she was under his care. He faced a second-degree rape charge for sexual assault and a charge for endangering the welfare of an elderly person. Had the man been convicted, he would have spent up to four years in prison. However, after accepting a plea deal, he will spend six months in prison, be stripped of his nursing license and his name will be put on the state sex offender registry.
According to a publication by the National Center on Elder Abuse, you are the victim of neglect if the employees at your New York care facility refuse or fail to provide for your basic safety, emotional or physical needs. Without this proper care, you may experience severe medical or mental consequences. If you do not receive your medications as prescribed by your doctor, if you develop bed sores because the staff fail to move you properly, if you are malnourished, or if staff ignore you or isolate you, then you may be the victim of this type of nursing home abuse. Other signs that you or a loved one in a nursing home may be neglected include a disregard for your personal hygiene and failing to give you proper dental care. However, many actions and inactions by your home’s staff can lead to charges of neglect.