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Court considered whether a health care facility failed to provide reasonable care to one of its residents. Gadaleta v. Kissing Camels Home Health Care, Inc., 173 A.D.3d 1467 (App. Div. 2d Dept. 2019)

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Nursing homes are designed to provide a safe and supportive environment for elderly and vulnerable individuals who require medical care and assistance with daily living activities. Unfortunately, nursing home injuries and abuse are a growing concern in New York and across the United States. These injuries can be caused by a wide range of factors, including neglect, abuse, medication errors, and inadequate staffing.

Gadaleta v. Kissing Camels Home Health Care, Inc. highlights the importance of proper care and treatment of pressure sores in nursing homes and home health care settings. Pressure sores, also known as bedsores, can develop when a patient is unable to move for extended periods, such as in the case of wheelchair-bound patients. Nursing homes have a legal and ethical obligation to provide adequate care to their residents, including taking steps to prevent the development of pressure sores. For example, residents who are unable to move on their own should be regularly repositioned to relieve pressure on their skin and prevent the development of pressure sores.

Background
The plaintiff, Gadaleta, suffered from multiple sclerosis and was wheelchair-bound. She hired Kissing Camels Home Health Care, Inc. to provide home health care services for her. During her care, Gadaleta developed pressure sores that were not properly treated, leading to additional pain, discomfort, and complications.

The central issue in Gadaleta v. Kissing Camels Home Health Care, Inc. is whether the defendant, Kissing Camels Home Health Care, Inc., was negligent in its care of the plaintiff, Gadaleta, and whether this negligence caused her to suffer injuries related to the development and treatment of pressure sores.

Discussion
Gadaleta filed a lawsuit against Kissing Camels Home Health Care, Inc. for negligence in the care of her pressure sores. The trial court found that Kissing Camels Home Health Care, Inc. was negligent in its care of Gadaleta’s pressure sores and that this negligence caused her to suffer additional pain, discomfort, and complications. The court also found that Kissing Camels Home Health Care, Inc. was liable for the actions of its employees who failed to properly care for Gadaleta’s pressure sores.

Kissing Camels Home Health Care, Inc. appealed the trial court’s decision, arguing that it was not negligent in its care of Gadaleta’s pressure sores and that the damages awarded by the trial court were excessive. The appeals court in Gadaleta v. Kissing Camels Home Health Care, Inc. affirmed the trial court’s decision, finding that Kissing Camels Home Health Care, Inc. had breached its duty to provide proper care and supervision to Gadaleta. The court also affirmed the trial court’s award of damages, noting that the damages were supported by the evidence presented at trial.

Conclusion
The Gadaleta case serves as an important reminder of the legal responsibilities of home health care providers. Specifically, it highlights the need for home health care providers to provide adequate supervision and assistance to their patients to prevent falls and other injuries.
Patients and their families should also be aware of their legal rights and options in the event of an injury or other legal claim.

if you believe that a nursing home or other long-term care facility is being negligent in its care of a loved one, it is important to take action to protect their health and safety. ¬†Document your concerns. Keep detailed records of any incidents, concerns, or changes in your loved one’s condition that you believe may be related to negligence on the part of the nursing home. You can file a complaint with the New York State Department of Health. If you believe that your loved one has suffered harm as a result of nursing home negligence, you may want to consult with a New York nursing home abuse lawyer ¬†who can help you determine whether you have a legal claim and advise you on your options for pursuing compensation.

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