Nursing Home Aide Faces Charges in Connection with Death of 77-Year-Old Resident, Parker Waichman LLP Comments

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A nursing home aide at the University Nursing Home in the Bronx, New York has been charged with criminally negligent homicide, felony assault, and other crimes in connection with the death of a 77-year-old nursing home resident. The patient reportedly fell on a broken table during an altercation with the aide and was impaled; he later died from his injuries.

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“Nursing home residents are often a vulnerable population who sometimes cannot defend themselves or even communicate when abuse or neglect has occurred,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP.

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm long dedicated to protecting the rights of victims of nursing home abuse and neglect, is commenting on reports of a Bronx nurse’s aide being charged in connection with the death of a 77-year-old nursing home patient. According to an article published by CBS New York on December 15, 2014, the resident was impaled by a piece of metal after falling onto a broken table during an altercation with the University Nursing Home aide. He was taken to Montefiore Hospital and later died of his injuries. The nursing home aide, a 41-year-old woman, has been charged with criminally negligent homicide, felony assault, and endangering the welfare of an adult.

The patient fell to the ground after the aide allegedly punched him multiple times, NBC New York reported on December 16, 2014. He had lived at the 46-bed facility for four years.

“Nursing home residents are often a vulnerable population who sometimes cannot defend themselves or even communicate when abuse or neglect has occurred,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. “It is horrific to think that individuals who are entrusted to care for our loved ones would use that power to inflict harm but, unfortunately this is sometimes the case.” According to Parker Waichman LLP, signs of nursing home abuse and neglect may include:

  •     Bedsores
  •     Unexplained Injuries or Bruising
  •     Weight loss
  •     Malnutrition

According to Parker Waichman LLP, nursing home abuse is one of the most devastating horrors taking place in the elder community and impacting our older, vulnerable loved ones. Parker Waichman has long been following the mounting issue of elder abuse and neglect in nursing home facilities. News of this type of abuse routinely makes headlines; however, the deplorable practice still continues. With the senior population expanding and living longer, abuse of nursing home residents is significant. Now, more and more people find themselves faced with the challenging decision of placing their older relatives and loved ones in nursing home care and, sadly, family and loved ones who are seeking care of their seniors are often left with very limited options. Worse, these loved ones often suffer devastating indignities that include a broad array of abuse and neglect.

Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free legal consultations to victims of injuries allegedly caused by neglect or abuse in nursing home facilities. If you or a loved one suffered an injury or neglect in a nursing home, please contact our office or visit the firm’s Nursing Home Abuse page at yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).

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