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Do you have an elderly relative living in a nursing home? Or perhaps you might have even spent time recovering from surgery or extended illness in a skilled nursing facility until you were well enough to return home. If so, the following may be of interest.

Read more: Study finds skilled nursing care woefully lacking

While many New York medical malpractice lawsuits are filed against doctors, mistakes by nursing staff can be just as serious. When a medical error can be traced back to a nurse or any other hospital employee, it is usually possible to file a lawsuit against that person directly.

Read more: Lawsuits against nurses

New York patients may be dismayed to hear that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that a nurse may have infected two people with viruses after reusing syringes. It was believed that, as a result, two patients were exposed to the hepatitis C virus and two other patients were exposed to the hepatitis B virus.

Read more: Nurse may have exposed patients after reusing syringes

A common type of problem that can happen when New York hospital patients are bedridden is the development of a bedsore. Health care facilities have protocols in place in order to prevent people from developing bedsores, but medical staff members do not always take the steps that are required to help prevent their development.

Read more: Negligence leading to bedsores in hospitals

According to statistics, approximately 1 to 2 million people aged 65 or older in the United States have been exploited, injured, or mistreated by a caregiver. According to research, roughly 1 of every 14 incidents involving elder abuse in domestic settings is actually reported to local or state authorities.

Read more: Are Nursing Homes Liable When a Resident Falls?

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