DATELINE TARRYTOWN, NY "It was supposed to be a safe nursing home, wasn't it? I never expected this when we selected the home." Deborah was speaking to Sofia as they shopped in a Queens gift store.
They had just received a phone call from a trusted physician.
"How about this nice sweater? He's been complaining about chills, you know?" Deborah held up a small man's black sweater. "This will probably fit now."
Deborah and Sofia were legal guardians for Santiago Alvarez, a 79-year old nursing home resident.
"Sure, that's a good choice." Sofia paused. "What I've been asking myself is how this could have happened in a place like that. I mean, look at the medical history. In December of last year, there was a head laceration. A couple weeks later, Santiago was treated for a cut elbow and swelling on most of his left arm. And then this. . ."
Sofia put on her reading glasses. "'On April 9, Mr. Alvarez was admitted to St. Timothy's Memorial Hospital with -- get this – a diffuse traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage, a skull fracture, orbital fracture, and a rib fracture.'"
"Unbelievable," Deborah said. "I feel so sorry for Santiago."
Sofia removed her glasses.
"I'm sorry, too. They'll have to answer for this in court. Three falls like this . . . it's indefensible."
I want to believe I did everything I could for him -- and that includes looking after his, and the family's well-being.
As the oldest daughter, most of the duties fell to me.
I knew this case would call for specialists. That's why I reached out to John and Sal at Dalli Marino.
Sister of Patient
We've done everything together over the years. Traveled to Europe, Went on cruises. I want to see things done right.
"I do know who to call and refer -- because I am completely satisfied with the work and efforts of their entire legal staff."
Professional Considerate Timely
"I thank Salvatore Marino, Esq for the professional, considerate and timely manner in which he handled my very difficult and emotional period."
"Thank you both for the excellent handling of the court case against the two New York hospitals. As you know, I wanted so much to get back at them after their horrible treatment of my brother while under their care."
I couldn't have gotten the settlement without your hard work and perseverance.
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the exemplary work that you and your team at Dalli & Marino performed on behalf of my mother. Your expertise in navigating the legal system and the courts was nothing short of miraculous!
If your loved one has suffered a fracture while under the care of a nursing home, you and your loved one may have legal recourse.How will you know whether your loved one’s fracture was caused by negligent care? Often the first indication comes from an unexplained, sudden visit to the emergency room. Ask questions. What caused the fracture? Was there a fall? Where did this happen? In the scenario we have presented here, Santiago, Deborah and Sofia's family friend, may have needed to go to the bathroom and nobody answered a call for help. Or he may have been so medicated he could not walk properly. Or, he may have fallen out of bed or a wheelchair because the nursing home was not monitoring him properly.