When aging loved ones in New York require consistent care, it is a common practice for their family members to place them into a long-term care facility, such as a nursing home. While most nursing homes are professionally run, the unfortunate reality is that some facilities have low standards of patient care, or even a history of negligence and abuse. In the past, standard arbitration clauses in facility contracts made it difficult for families to hold a nursing home or negligent nurse accountable for their negative behavior.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 15,600 nursing homes in the United States. As the country's population grows, as many as 40% of all adults will be admitted to a nursing home at some point in their lives.
According to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), there were 3,546 advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in the United States from 2003 and 2013. During the same period, 1,458 medical malpractice cases were filed against APRNs.
Over 1.5 million US citizens, comprising parents, grandparents, and siblings, are known to be residents in nursing homes. Usually, these nursing homes and other types of living establishments with assistance charge exorbitant prices. Because of the high expenses, we trust that our loved ones are safe and living luxurious lives. However, regrettably, this is not always the case.