9 charged in New York nursing home abuse case

Nursing homes are supposed to be a place for elderly individuals to receive a high quality of care from skilled professionals. Unfortunately, there are situations in which nursing home employees are negligent, which often times leads to serious injury or death.

New York state prosecutors have charged a total of nine people in connection with the death of a 72-year-old nursing home resident.

All nine individuals, who were former employees of the Medford Multicare Center for Living, Inc. nursing home, have been arraigned with each one pleading not guilty to the charges.

According to prosecutors, some members of the staff ignored an alarm for two hours, despite the fact that it sounded every 15 seconds. As a result, the patient died. Some of the employees told investigators that the alarms where not working when records showed otherwise. Along with this, there were people who claimed they saw the man alive even though investigators know he had passed away at the time.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said, “Today’s indictment sends a clear message: We will arrest those who put our most vulnerable citizens in harm’s way, and in particular those who neglect or deny life-saving medical treatment to patients. We must and will do everything in our power to protect our nursing home residents from abuse.”

There is no place in a nursing home for this type of negligence and abuse. If the employees of Medford Multicare Center for Living, Inc. had been doing their job, this patient would have received the appropriate attention, which could have saved his life.

When a nursing home resident dies from abuse or neglect, the family may be able to pursue financial compensation from the employee, his or her supervisor and the facility. An experienced New York wrongful death attorney can provide valuable advice as to a family’s legal options.

Source: NBC New York, “Nine Arraigned in Death of 72-Year-Old Nursing Home Resident” No author given, Jun. 05, 2014