The New York Attorney General announced last week that 17 employees of a Buffalo, New York nursing home (eight nurses and nine certified nursing assistants) have been charged with falsifying business records in the first degree (a class E felony), endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person in the first degree (a class E felony), and willful violation of public health laws, involving their alleged neglect of a nursing home resident under their care. The class E felony charges each carry a prison sentence of up to 4 years.
The alleged pattern of neglect of the nursing home resident was discovered as a result of a hidden camera placed in the room of a 56-year-old man who was non-ambulatory and bedridden due to a neurological disease that left him totally dependent on the nursing home staff to provide for his care and needs.
The New York Attorney General’s Office alleges that the recorded video footage showed that the nurses and aides routinely neglected their responsibilities of care owed to the resident, including their failure to dispense pain medication, their failure to check on the resident as necessary, their failure to give him liquids, and their failure to provide incontinent care. The nurses and aides are further charged with falsifying documents to conceal their neglect.
The nurses who were charged range in age from 30 to 60. The certified nursing assistants who were charged range in age from 20 to 54.
In announcing the criminal charges against the nursing home nurses and certified nursing assistants, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman stated, “Nursing home residents are among our state’s most vulnerable citizens, and the perpetual neglect in this case is shameful. The charges filed send the message that my office will not tolerate anyone being neglected by those responsible for his or her care. We will use every tool in our arsenal, including hidden cameras, to ensure that nursing home residents receive the care they need and the respect they deserve.”
The website for the Buffalo nursing home where those charged last week worked states, “Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants will be with you on a daily basis and provide round-the-clock care.” Anyone reading that statement would reasonably trust that they or their loved one who became a resident of the nursing home would be provided the care they needed, when they needed it.
The nursing home also assures potential residents who need rehabilitation services, “In addition to compassionate, comprehensive skilled care, our four facilities also offer the finest in rehabilitative and medical subacute care … A pre-determined course of treatment is established and through an interdisciplinary approach, the resident receives a comprehensive continuum of services to promote wellness and independence.”
If you or a loved one suffered injury (or worse) while a resident of a nursing home in the United States, you should promptly consult with a nursing home claim attorney in your state who may investigate your nursing home neglect, nursing home abuse, or nursing home negligence claim for you and represent you in a claim against a nursing home, if appropriate.
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