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New York State Senator claims NY nursing homes are providing inadequate care and lobbies for stricte

A New York State Senator has been taking steps to advocate for the rights of nursing home residents in the State of New York, advising that New York State just is not taking proper and effective measures to enforce regulations and maintain proper and adequate standards of care. This is particularly troubling given that New York is one of the states with the most nursing homes and nursing home residents.

State Senator Robert Ortt recently introduced three new bills which would serve to help protect the rights of victims of nursing home abuse, negligence inadequate care and neglect. We recently reported on the substance of these proposed laws here. To read about Senator Ortt's justifications for the need for greater regulation of nursing homes, more stringent enforcement of violations, state inspection issues ineffectiveness, and need to more stringently vet and approve purchasers of New York State nursing homes, click here.

Attorneys Brett Leitner and Justin Varughese routinely meet with prominent New York State Senators and Assembly Members to advocate for the strengthening of laws to protect victims of workplace accidents, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice and nursing home abuse and neglect. Click here to read more.

In this regard, there is no question that the more staff members working at a nursing home, the greater the care is. New York State is one of the only states that does not have "minimum staffing" requirements. Because there are no set staffing mandates, nursing home owners and operators in New York often provide only a bare minimum amount of nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants/Aides (CNAs) in order to save money and increase profit. This often translates to inadequate care, more fall incidents and accidents, more bed sores, and more injuries in general.

A bill was proposed previously called the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act, which would require nursing homes and hospitals to maintain specific minimum staffing ratios for nurses and certified nursing assistants. However, it appears that wealthy nursing home owner lobby were able to fight the bill.

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:

Construction Accidents Medical Malpractice Motor Vehicle Accidents Trip / Slip & Fall Accidents Labor Law Violations Negligent Premises Security Products Liability Defective Drugs

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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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