I was visiting my grandmother daily in a local nursing home and hospital for her various medical conditions. One day, when a nurse was changing her, I noticed a severe large wound on her backside, just above her buttocks, and another wound on the heels of her feet. When I questioned the staff of the facility, they said she developed a bed sore which is also commonly called a bedsore. They insisted that the bedsores are injuries that naturally happen when people are elderly and spend most of their time in bed. The wound became larger, it got infected, and the hospital had to perform a surgical procedure to improve the healing. My grandmother suffered with this painful bed sore for almost a year before she died, it never went away.
At the time, my mother worked as a clerk for the New York State Supreme Court and she asked her contacts for a law firm that had the best reputation for handling bedsore cases against nursing homes and hospitals. We were directed to Sinel & Associates, PLLC. Elliot Sinel, personally met with us. He was always available and was very sensitive when working with my mother and I. The law firm aggressively litigated the case and since the insurance company did not want to settle the lawsuit, we ended up going to trial. It was after a full week in a jury trial that the insurance carriers for the hospital and nursing home agreed to a very substantial settlement.
We were not only pleased with the monetary award, but to see these facilities held accountable, we finally had some closure. I would recommend Sinel & Associates, PLLC, to any family with a case involving bedsores or medical issues against a nursing home or hospital.Lisle Bohan, New York City
When my 84 year old father went into a long term care facility here in New York City, it was very difficult for all of his children and grandchildren to visit him and witness his deterioration at the hands of the medical staff. The nursing home doctors and nurses did not perform many of the basic treatments that one would expect in a facility that cares for the elderly and infirm. Simple things like keeping him hydrated, feeding him, changing his diaper and keeping him clean, taking his temperature - these things often went overlooked. He developed an infection and ultimately died a painful death of sepsis over the course of several months. The nursing home staff negligently delayed transferring him to a hospital so that when he finally arrived at one, his condition was hopeless.
We hired Sinel & Associates, PLLC to handle the case. The insurance company for the nursing home refused to offer even one dollar in settlement. Elliot Sinel was our trial attorney and our whole family watched the jury trial unfold for two weeks. Watching our lawyer cross exam the defendant doctors and nurses and exposing their neglect in the care for our father gave us all a great sense of satisfaction. The jury awarded us a tremendous sum of money and we all felt vindicated. Although my father lost his life and suffered a great deal, we all know he had his dignity restored so he can now rest in peace.Terrence Higginson, New York City
My 61 year old brother was admitted to hospital after being discharged from nursing home with a reduced appetite and a decline in his mental status. He had a history of dementia, was incontinent, and was unable to feed himself. During his hospital admission, the medical staff failed to diagnose a large pelvic abscess. This resulted in an eleven day delay to remove a decaying abscess that could have been removed without complications much earlier. Severe infections accompanied the delay and it caused my brother to have a 2 month hospitalization mostly in the intensive care unit and eventually ending with his pre-mature death. Throughout this horrible ordeal, my brother developed a severe sacral bed sore that contributed to his pain and suffering. The Hospital offered us very little money to settle the case, because they said they did nothing wrong and my brother was so sick anyway. Sinel & Associates, PLLC, never told me to settle, instead they brought the case to trial and combined, a jury gave us close to a million dollars. I was very impressed by the trial attorney and the medical expert surgeon that my lawyers brought to court to testify. Hearing a jury make a finding that there was medical malpractice in the care of my brother gives me a feeling of justice and closure.Suzanne Fossett, New York City
My elderly father was in a nursing home facility after he had suffered a fractured hip and had surgery. The medical staff failed to prevent very severe bed sores from developing on his lower back. The wound deteriorated, got infected and he was forced to undergo surgical procedures in an attempt to repair what had become a large gaping hole in his back with dead tissue. He lost a tremendous amount of weight due to the fact that the nurses were not providing him with proper nutrition and hydration. The medical staff caused an overdose by giving him too much coumadin. The overdose resulted in my father needing a full blood transfusion. After months of suffering, my sisters and I witnessed his body succumb to his poor condition and he passed away before our eyes.
The medical experts that Sinel & Associates, PLLC hired to review all the medical records informed us that there were gross departures in the standard of care. We learned that the doctors and nurses failed to implement the most basic of care plans to prevent the development of pressure sores and neglected to provide him with available pressure relief devices. Before the case went to trial, Elliot Sinel convinced the insurance company for the nursing home to pay us a large award. My sisters and I always knew that the medical negligence caused my father to suffer. The settlement gave us a feeling that the facility finally acknowledged their wrongdoing. My lawyers displayed a terrific balance of sensitivity with my family and aggressiveness with the defendants.Ana Brugeras, Queens, New York