Last August 15, 2014, 59-year-old Marie Jeanty, health care worker at Far Rockaway Nursing Home, viciously attacked her unnamed and bedridden 80-year-old patient. According to Eli Rosenberg’s report in the New York Daily News, the victim was punched by Jeanty on her arm and shoulder, and then was pushed off the bed rail.
The victim, bedridden at that time due to osteoporosis, arthritis, and bone marrow disease, suffered from a black eye and swelling on her face and arm because of the incident. She was treated at the St. John’s Espiscopal Hospital.
Jeanty was charged with a second degree assault and two felonies for endangering her patient’s welfare. Michaelangelo Matera, Jeanty’s attorney, however passed a not guilty plea during her arraignment in the Queens Criminal Courthouse.
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
Any form of neglect or abuse caused by nursing home workers will fall under medical malpractice or negligence. This makes a consultation with experienced Long Island medical malpractice lawyers vital for families whose loved ones have been victimized by careless health care providers. Aside from the physical harm in Jeanty’s case, there are other forms of neglect or abuse, which the victim, together with their, family can file for. With the help of a lawyer, they can appropriate the best kind of action to take in pursuing the caregiver for their accountability.
When families bring their elders in nursing homes, they leave the responsibilities to these facilities under the expectation that their seniors will be properly cared for. However, due to negligence and inefficiency, there are cases wherein they fail to provide the patients’ basic emotional and social needs, their personal hygiene requirements, and necessary medications. All of these are legal grounds for medical malpractice or negligence cases, which a knowledgeable NY medical malpractice lawyer, such as those from The Law Offices of Joseph Lichtenstein, focuses on.
Families may immediately file for a lawsuit against a nursing home upon seeing the early signs of nursing home negligence, which include unusual changes in their loved one’s behavior, personal hygiene or appearance, sudden weight loss, dehydration, injuries, as well as environmental hazards in the building like slippery floors, unsafe medical equipment, and poor lighting.
(Source: Queens healthcare worker punched 80-year-old bedridden nursing home resident: officials, NY Daily News, April 2, 2015)