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June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month

Sadly, every year an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. June is elder abuse awareness month, we encourage you to learn more and join in our efforts to spread awareness.  Nursing home abuse and neglect occurs much more frequently than many people realize. It is extremely important to -->

News Station Brings Deplorable Nursing Home Conditions to Light

Several months ago 7 Eyewitness News launched an investigation into area hospitals after receiving a troubling call from a nursing home resident. The investigation brought to light a number of disturbing issues occurring in Upstate New York nursing homes.  The investigation focused primarily on conditions at Niagara Rehabilitation & Nursing in Niagara Falls. Reporters collected -->

Because They Deserve to be Heard, Major Changes for Nursing Home Residents

In late September, 2016 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a rule banning forced arbitration clauses in federally funded long term care facilities.  Forced arbitration clauses essentially silence abused and neglected residents by eliminating their right to legal redress in a court of law. Issues are settled by third party arbitrators. Arbitrators are -->

Upstate New York Nursing Home Could Have Potentially Prevented Abuse

The results of a recent inspection report from an Oswego Nursing home, where residents were allegedly taunted and exploited, conclude the Nursing home failed to conduct background checks on new hires to determine if job candidates had a history of abuse or neglect.  The nursing home also failed to provide abuse prevention training and to -->

Negligence of Nursing Home Staff Likely Contributed to Resident Death

On Friday, September 2nd a fight broke out at a Buffalo Nursing home between two elderly patients. One of the patients, an 83-year-old woman, died of her injuries.  According to authorities both patients involved in the altercation were suffering from dementia. The victim sustained serious injuries that ultimately lead to her death, including a punctured -->

Nursing Home Residents at Risk of Exploitation

On August 5th the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a troubling memo to state agencies responsible for inspecting nursing homes. The memo instructed each facility to introduce a written policy prohibiting staff from taking or using photos/recordings of residents in any way that could exploit residents (including the usage of cameras, smartphones or -->

Identifying Nursing Home Abuse and Nursing Home Neglect

If you have a loved one in a Nursing Home you should consider familiarizing yourself with signs and symptoms associated with Nursing Home abuse/neglect. The percentage of abused or neglected nursing home residents who actually report abuse is startlingly low. Below is a list of indicators of abuse and neglect. Some symptoms listed could be -->

Resident Abuse in Nursing Homes

In recent months the issues and circumstances surrounding Nursing Home abuse and neglect have finally started to receive much needed attention from government officials and the general public.  Nursing home abuse and/or elder abuse can be difficult to identify for a variety of reasons. Some types of abuse are more complex than others. The following -->

CT Nursing Home Fined After Resident’s Death

A North Haven, Connecticut Nursing home is facing fines after a patient fell and later died from related complications. The resident reportedly fell out of bed and suffered injuries including a blog clot in their brain. The use of bed rails very well could have, and should have, prevented the fall and the untimely death -->

Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect: Federal, State, and Local officials take action

A report released by State Comptroller Thomas D. Napoli early this year confirmed the fears and suspicions of many: Nursing Home abuse and neglect is happening here in New York. The government officials responsible for preventing abuse and neglect have not been successful in taking action to reduce the likelihood of future or present sub-par -->

Dear Friends and Clients,

In furtherance of our firm’s culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP