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Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers for Individuals Near Long Island
The nursing home abuse attorneys at Duffy & Duffy represent individuals on Long Island and the surrounding area who have suffered bed sores or other injuries as a result of a facility’s carelessness or abuse. We understand the physical pain and emotional distress that these situations can cause victims and their families, and we fight aggressively to seek proper compensation from all parties responsible. Our attorneys have decades of combined legal experience, including nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, and other personal injury matters.
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Harm Caused by Pressure Sores
Bed sores and pressure sores are the most common type of harm suffered by victims of nursing home negligence. They are a type of ulcer that forms on areas of the skin, like knees, hips, elbows, and the back of the head, that are continuously pressured, including by long stints in a bed or wheelchair. These sores develop quickly and are often difficult to treat.
They are usually a sign of neglect or negligence by a nursing home and its staff. The lack of blood flow that causes the sores to develop may stem from the home staff’s failure to regularly turn immobile residents in their beds, properly change linens, and scan residents for bed sores.
Assert Your Right to Compensation
If you or a loved one has endured pressure sores as a result of nursing home or caregiver abuse, you have the right to seek a remedy for your injuries. These cases often revolve around claims of negligence, a legal theory that holds people and entities responsible for engaging in needlessly dangerous behavior. To prevail, the person suing (plaintiff) has to show that the person or entity being sued owed the plaintiff what is called a “duty of care,” that the defendant failed to meet this duty, and that the breach of the duty caused the plaintiff to suffer injuries and incur damages.
Nursing homes and the doctors and other staff who work there owe residents a higher duty of care based on their background, training, and professional standing. They are required to take all reasonable steps to ensure health and safety, and their actions (or inactions) are compared against other professionals in the field in determining negligence.
A victim who successfully proves a claim against a nursing home is entitled to seek compensatory damages to cover medical bills and additional costs incurred because of bed sores or other injuries. In certain cases, plaintiffs may also be able to seek punitive damages. These money awards are intended to punish defendants for particularly egregious behavior.
Time Limits for Taking Legal Action
Nursing home negligence cases are subject to a three-year statute of limitations. That means that you have to file suit within three years of when the harm occurred. In some instances, the clock does not start running until you actually become aware of the negligence or the injury caused by it. There are other limited circumstances in which the filing deadline may be extended. It is important to discuss these and other legal issues with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Discuss Your Injury Claim with a Long Island Attorney
Duffy & Duffy is a personal injury law firm with a strong track record for helping clients pursue the justice that they deserve. We fight tirelessly to protect and advance our clients’ rights, and we take a comprehensive approach to representation that includes seeking resolution through litigation and negotiated settlement, when possible. Since 2006, we have successfully settled more than 450 medical malpractice matters and other nursing home negligence matters, including 150 multi-million dollar settlements.
If you or a loved one has suffered bed sores, nursing home falls or other harm due to abuse at a Long Island facility, consider consulting the injury lawyers at Duffy & Duffy. We are conveniently located in Uniondale and proudly serve clients in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Orange, Rockland, and King Counties, as well as Queens and the Bronx. Contact us online or call us at (516) 394-4200 for a free consultation.
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