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Wandering and Elopement In New York Nursing Homes

A nursing home should be a safe place for our elder relatives — a place where we don’t have to worry about them forgetting lunch or skipping a meal due to illness or depression. When a loved one in a nursing home gets hurt because of wandering, or elopement, something has gone seriously wrong. Whether a nursing home staff member intentionally left your loved one in a vulnerable position, resulting from negligence, error, or inadequate staffing levels, the nursing home has breached its ethical and legal duty.

At Gillette & Izzo Law Office in Syracuse, we want to help you hold it accountable.

You Deserve Answers on Wandering and Elopement for Your Loved One

How could this happen? Who is responsible? How can you prevent it from happening to someone else? You understandably have a lot of questions. We’ll help you get answers. Attorneys Joshua Gillette and Janet Izzo are fierce advocates for injured nursing home residents. They will take immediate action on your behalf.

Is Your Loved One The Victim Of Wandering and Elopement?

Unmonitored loved ones wandering around can be a very serious situation in a nursing home.

When a patient in a nursing home is at risk for wandering or elopement, some steps should be taken to avoid harm to the patient. If a care facility fails to act in a reasonably prudent manner, and a patient is hurt as a result (such as a patient wandering off the grounds and being struck by a car), a negligence claim may be filed on the patient’s behalf.

To prove a negligence case, the plaintiff must show four elements: duty, breach of duty, damages, and causation. Typically, an expert witness must be hired to establish the particular standard of care owed to the patient under the circumstances and to explain to the jury exactly how the defendant breached the standard of care.

The plaintiff has the burden of proof and must be able to convince the court by a preponderance of the evidence that they are entitled to damages as a result of the defendant’s actions or inactions.

If your loved one is showing these signs and you suspect he or she is being abused or neglected, if they are in imminent danger call 911.  You can also submit a Nursing Home Complaint Form This form can be completed by anyone and can be done so anonymously.

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Discuss your case in a free consultation with an experienced New York nursing home negligence lawyer. We’ll help you understand your options for pursuing action against the nursing home and staff that caused your loved one’s injuries or death. Complete our online intake form or call 315-421-1000.

We handle nursing home negligence cases on a contingent fee basis, which means you will not pay any legal fees unless we recover compensation for you.

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