When a family makes the tough decision to have a loved one put in a nursing home, they expect that person to be treated with respect at all times. While this is almost always the case, there are situations in which a patient is neglected or abused.
The New York state attorney general’s office has arrested nine people in connection with an investigation into the practices of a Long Island nursing home.
According to recent reports, nine people were charged and seven arrested in connection with the death of a 72-year-old patient in October 2012. One administrator has been accused of covering up the death while a licensed professional has been charged with criminally negligent homicide.
The woman who died was suffering from pneumonia when she was sent to Medford Multicare Center for six weeks of rehabilitation. During her stay, authorities noted that her ventilator became disconnected and that employees ignored the alarm for two hours.
The woman died shortly thereafter, however, the family was told that she passed on as the result of a heart attack. Fortunately, a whistleblower reached out to the state attorney general, requesting that he investigate the death.
The attorney general filed criminal charges as well as a civil complaint, noting a pattern of nursing home abuse and neglect. He also said that since 2008 there have been 5,000 incidents at the facility.
Every patient in a nursing home has the right to top quality care. In this instance, a patient was neglected which led to her death.
New York personal injury lawyers are skilled at assisting the victims as well as the family of those abused in a nursing home facility.
Source: CBS New York, “9 Arrested In L.I. Nursing Home Probe Following Patient’s Death” No author given, Feb. 11, 2014