If you or a loved one suffered injuries after falling in a Sayville, New York, nursing home, you may be able to take legal action to hold the nursing home administration liable and recover a payout based on your medical care needs, lasting injuries, pain and suffering, and other damages.
A Sayville nursing home accident lawyer from Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. may be able to help you, no matter if you were a nursing home resident or visiting a loved one there. You can reach a member of the Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. team for a free case review today by calling (631) 600-0000.
Falls Are a Leading Cause of Nursing Home Injury
According to data from the New York State Department of Health, falls are a top cause of emergency department visits and hospital admissions in seniors in the state. Falls are also New York’s leading cause of injury deaths in adults age 65 and older.
Falls, however, are not just a problem in New York. It turns out that nursing homes nationwide have faced serious issues related to resident falls, and the concern continues to grow.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, nationwide, about half of all nursing home residents suffer a fall each year. With more than 1.6 million long-term care facility residents in the United States, this means that at least 800,000 residents fall in U.S. nursing facilities each year. One out of every 10 of these seniors suffers a serious injury, and in 65,000, that serious injury is a hip fracture.
Serious fall injuries may include:
- Traumatic brain injuries.
- Soft tissue injuries.
- Joint injuries, including knee, wrist, elbow, and shoulder injuries.
- Internal bleeding.
- Cuts and bruises that can lead to infection.
- Broken bones, including hip fractures.
- Back and spinal cord injuries.
Falls, even when the injuries are only minor, can also lead to limited mobility and decreased quality of life. This occurs because many seniors develop a fear of falling. The psychological effects of a fall can affect activities, independence, and mental well-being.
If you or a loved one sustained a fall injury in a Long Island nursing home, you may be able to take legal action to hold the nursing home liable. Contact Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. to speak to a member of our team about your case.
Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. May Be Able To Seek Damages in Your Sayville Nursing Home Fall Case
Under New York law, property owners and those who run facilities on those properties have a duty to remove fall hazards and take other actions to prevent injuries. Nursing home staff also have an obligation to protect residents from harm when possible. If a resident or visitor slips and falls or trips and falls because of a hazard—often a spill, uneven walkway, or another trip hazard—the nursing home may be liable.
The Sayville nursing home accident lawyers at Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. know the type of evidence necessary and what it takes to prove these claims. If we can identify and collect evidence to support your claim, we will attempt to reach an out-of-court settlement or take the case to trial.
Our nursing home accident attorneys from Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. handle these cases on a contingency basis. You will pay nothing out of pocket for our services. Call (631) 600-0000 to learn more.
Recoverable Damages Following a Fall Injury in a Sayville, New York, Nursing Home
Our team of Sayville nursing home accident lawyers will gather documentation to prove your fall-related injuries and damages as a part of building your case. Based on the case we build, an attorney from Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. will seek financial recovery on your behalf by attempting to negotiate a settlement agreement or taking your case to court. The damages available could include:
- Current and future medical treatment for your injuries.
- Additional rehabilitation, therapy, or ongoing care costs.
- Property damages.
- Out-of-pocket expenses.
- Pain and suffering.
- Emotional trauma.
- Other noneconomic damages.
If a beloved family member passed away as a result of their injuries in a nursing home accident, our team may be able to pursue wrongful death damages on behalf of you and other surviving family members. A member of our team can answer your questions and review the facts of your case today.
Statute of Limitations on Nursing Home Accident Fall Lawsuits in New York
You generally have only three years from the date of a fall to file a lawsuit, as codified in Civil Practice Law & Rules § 214. If your family member passed away from their Sayville nursing home fall injuries, Estates, Powers & Trusts § 5-4.1 gives you only two years to take legal action.
We recommend reaching out to our nursing home accident team as soon as possible after a fall. The legal team at Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. will evaluate your Suffolk County fall case and explain your options for pursuing financial recovery for free.
Talk to a Member of Our Sayville Nursing Home Accident Team Today
If you or a beloved family member suffered a slip and fall, trip and fall, or another type of fall accident in a Sayville nursing home, or injuries in another type of long-term care facility on Long Island, New York, or in one of the five boroughs of New York City, let our team help. At Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C., we can take on your legal case while you focus on healing and recovering.
Call (631) 600-0000 now to talk to a member of the Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. Sayville nursing home accident team.