Jamaica, NY Nursing Home Named in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A Jamaica, New York nursing home has been named in a wrongful death lawsuit involving a resident who suffered from bed sores (decubitus ulcers), skin breakdown, dehydration, malnutrition, infections, and other injuries that, allegedly, were the result of nursing home staff negligence.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the woman’s estate by the national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP against the Margaret Tietz Center for Nursing Care. The lawsuit was filed on July 26th in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Queens County (Index No. 16031/12). Defendants named in the case are Margaret Tietz Center for Nursing Care, Inc., Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Margaret Tietz Center for Nursing Care, Inc., and Margaret Tietz Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

According to the complaint, the now-deceased woman was a resident at Margaret Tietz Center for Nursing Care from December 2010 through March 2011. During this time, she was under the exclusive care, custody, control, and management of the nursing home staff. The woman died September 2011.

The lawsuit also alleges that the woman was forced to undergo medical treatment and that she incurred medical expenses and suffered disfigurement, disability, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of dignity, and death. Allegations also include that the woman’s rights given were violated under Public Health Law. The lawsuit holds the defendants responsible for these violations and charges the defendants with negligence, gross negligence, and wrongful death and seeks compensation for punitive damages and attorney’s fees.

Another nursing home was recently faced with a lawsuit over complaints of alleged negligence. That lawsuit was also filed by Parker Waichman LLP on behalf of a woman admitted to Concourse Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Inc. in the Bronx, New York. Just prior, Parker Waichman filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a New York woman who died, allegedly due to the negligence of Our Lady of Consolation Geriatric Care Center, located in West Islip, New York; on behalf of the estate of a Nassau County, New York, woman who died, allegedly, as a result of nursing home negligence on the part of the Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation; and on behalf of a Nassau County woman who suffered severe and permanent injuries from falls associated with negligence on the part of Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, which is also being charged with violations of the New York Public Health Law and negligence and gross negligence, to name just some.

Parker Waichman has long been dedicated to protecting the rights of nursing home abuse and negligence victims and has, among other measures to protect this vulnerable demographic, prepared a video blog that can be accessed here.

We’ve long been following the issue of elder abuse, a devastating indignity that attacks these defenseless members of society on all levels: Physical, emotional, chemical, financial, medical, and sexual. Neglect, abuse, mocking, and even workers who have abused residents as part of pranks against each other are becoming more and more commonplace. With the senior population growing and living longer, concerns for their welfare is paramount. The elderly are among our most fragile citizens and, often, we have no choice but to place our older relatives in the care of others. Sadly, families are left with limited options as reports of nursing home abuse continue to rise. Yet, despite ongoing headline-making news concerning abuse of the elderly, the abuse does continue.

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