Elderly patient in hospital bed

Bed sores due to substandard care

While not all bed sores can be prevented, standards of care have been developed in order to prevent them in most cases. Bed sores, also known as decubitus ulcers, pressure ulcers or pressure sores, often occur in hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities when a patient has limited or no mobility. When a patient is unable to move, due to a spinal injury, paralysis, coma, surgery or any other reason, he or she must rely on the attending staff to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to prevent bed sores from developing.

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Are you protected from underinsured motorists?

Many people have a gap in their automobile insurance coverage that they are unaware of. Did you know that your own insurance may not cover you for injuries suffered if the other driver is deemed to be at fault?

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A missed chance to right a wrong for many victims of medical malpractice

Did you know that in New York State, by the time you discover that you have been a victim of medical malpractice, it may already be too late to receive compensation? In New York, the statute of limitations for filing a suit against a municipal hospital is 15 months from the date of the malpractice, not the date in which a patient discovers a fatal or life-altering error has been made. Currently, 44 states have a statute which starts the clock ticking on the date that the patient discovers the malpractice, New York is not one of them. What is…

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What you should know about liability waivers for your children

As parents we are often asked to sign waivers that will allow our children to participate in school athletic programs, swimming lessons, rock climbing birthday parties and a myriad of other recreational activities. The inherent nature of the waiver is to absolve the service provider of any and all liability in the event of a mishap on behalf of the participant. On the surface, it seems that by signing the waiver, you are accepting responsibility for all associated risks and voluntarily relinquishing your right to sue. What you may not know, is that although liability waivers are typically viewed as…

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Help for residents of nursing homes and adult care facilities

When we entrust people we care about to a licensed long-term care provider, we want to be certain of our choice and confident that the best care will be provided. Unfortunately, this is all too often not the case. For this reason, the government has designated an advocate, known as an Ombudsman, for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, assisted living facilities and similar adult care facilities. The Ombudsman can help you understand and exercise your rights to good care in an environment that protects an individual’s dignity and quality of life.

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