Elder abuse and nursing home abuse are all too common and of very serious concern.
(PRWEB) December 08, 2011
Last week a hearing of the Senate Committee on Aging spotlighted the overuse of antipsychotic drugs among nursing home residents with dementia. The drugs, intended to calm disruptive behavior, were a costly practice that raises the risk of death, said experts who testified before the committee.
“People working in health care need more training in understanding and responding to challenging behavior in ways that don’t require the use of medication,” said Perecman, a nursing home abuse lawyer in New York for over 30 years.
Fox News (12/1/2011) reported that prescribing psychiatric drugs to nursing home patients with dementia is an unapproved practice that has flourished despite repeated warnings by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The Office of the Inspector General found that more than 80 percent of elders on these medications in nursing homes had dementia, reported the New York Daily News.
New York nursing home abuse lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand number of psychiatric drugs are known for their sedative effect. However, the FDA had issued a black box warning on the use of these drugs for dementia patients due to an apparent increase in the risk of death, according to webMD.com. (2008)
“Elder abuse and nursing home abuse are all too common and of very serious concern,” said Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s nursing home abuse law firms.
If you suspect that nursing home abuse is happening to someone close, please contact expert New York nursing home abuse lawyers at The Perecman Firm at http://www.perecman.com.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York nursing home abuse lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of abuse cases including adult home abuse, nursing home abuse, disabled adult abuse, and elder neglect in New York. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, is a Board Director and the past Secretary and Treasurer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a chair of its Labor Law Committee. Mr. Perecman's achievements have brought him recognition as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice****.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."