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Leitner Varughese supports proposed New York State laws to protect nursing home residents and improv

There are a number of proposed laws, or bills, being introduced in the New York State Senate aimed at increasing nursing home care and standards for elderly New Yorkers.

The initial law would amplify the New York State Department of Health's ability to oversee, govern and enforce regulations on nursing homes. It would require the appointment of Independent Quality Monitors to be placed on substandard nursing homes and would allow the Department of Health to enter and become involved in dangerous nursing home facilities.

The next law would allow the Department of Health to perform their inspections at unpredictable dates and times. As of now, the DOH is confined to scheduled inspection times, and advance notice to nursing homes, which often allows nursing homes to clean, prepare, and "beef up" staffing levels of nurses and aides, in order to comply with federal and state regulations. The law would allows the DOH to perform inspections at times when nursing homes typically have skeleton crews of staff, including nights, weekends and holidays.

The final proposed law would prevent nursing home owners who have pending violations against them from buying other nursing homes. The proposed bill would create a two-year probationary period for nursing home owners between the time they comply and fix violations and the time they can buy yet another nursing home facility.

If you believe that your loved one has been abused and or mistreated in a New York nursing home, call Leitner Varughese PLLC today to see what your legal rights are.

Leitner Varughese PLLC is a cutting-edge litigation and trial law firm uniquely experienced in handling high-profile, complex lawsuits involving serious injuries and wrongful death. The Firm has vast experience in handling cases involving Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect, and has vast experience handling these cases in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Bronx County, Kings County, Richmond County, Queens County, New York County, Westchester County and Rockland County.

In addition to handling these types of cases, Leitner Varughese PLLC routinely and successfully represents victims that have been sustained serious injuries caused by:

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Leitner Varughese is currently investigating New York nursing home injuries involving:

Bed Sores or Pressure Sores (also known as “decubitus ulcers” or “pressure ulcers”) Falls resulting in fractures or other serious injury Infection or Sepsis Head injuries Injuries of unknown origin Malnutrition or Dehydration

Medication Errors Choking Clogged Breathing Tubes Infected PEG tubes Physical or Sexual Assault or Abuse Physical or Chemical Restraints Burns Alzheimer's and other dementias Assaults by staff

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