According to the National Center for Elder Abuse, by 2050, people age 65 and older will comprise of 20% of the U.S. population. Many of these very same people will require assistance in their care and maintenance. For those who have family members who can assist, they will be very fortunate. However, for many others, they will depend on the quality of care given or expected from institutional settings such as nursing homes. Many cases of nursing home neglect involve falls that could easily have been prevented. Other types of claims involve failure to prevent, care for or manage bed sores. Bed sores can progress to surface and skin infections and can even involve bone infection or the medical term, osteomyelitis.
New York State has rules and regulations pertaining to falls and risk assessments involving nursing homes and required notices. If you or a loved one has suffered from such neglect, you should speak with an attorney promptly.