“My mom is in a nursing home and I noticed some bruises and sores. I think they are bed sores—what should I do?”

Bed sores are often a sign of neglect and sometimes a sign of abuse. The first thing you should do is speak to a nurse on duty and begin to remedy the situation. If you have a cell phone take some pictures of the wound. Bed Sores, or Pressure Sores can be deadly. They occur when someone is immobile and there is not adequate blood flow. Then the affected tissue dies and an ulcerated sore develops. In a nursing home or other care facility it is expected that your loved one is checked and turned regularly. There are laws in place that protect the elderly. If a loved one you know is suffering they may have a significant lawsuit that can compensate them with a financial reward. Read more about this on our website, http://www.RaphanLaw.com.

As an Elder Law firm we see these cases often. Whether malpractice, abuse or neglect it is simply unjust for it to happen to an innocent victim. Do not put off addressing the issue. Call me for a free consultation or even to just guide you through the process of getting the proper medical attention.

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(Stages of bedsores)

By Brian A. Raphan

http://www.RaphanLaw.com

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Nursing Home Abuse: A family offers advice

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The family of Eryetha Mayberry has advice for other families with loved ones in nursing homes. The family secretly video taped loved their ones care and it led to the trial of the woman who assaulted and abused a 96-year-old woman.

Always check the health of your loved one on every visit. Bruises, any sores, and bedsores can be a sign of neglect or abuse. There are laws in place to protect the elderly. If you think you or a family member may be a victim we are here to help. You can email me directly or visit our firm’s website for more information.

Brian A. Raphan

braphan@RaphanLaw.com

http://www.RaphanLaw.com

Why everyone needs a Will.

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Not everyone has a Will. Here’s why everyone should:
If you die without a Will, the people who inherit may not be those you want to get your money or personal property when you die!  This could include remote relatives who you haven’t spoken to in years.  If the Public Administrator is appointed, they will auction or dispose of your intimate personal property.  If so, your family may never have an opportunity to receive, and pass on, irreplaceable items which may have been left to you.

If you die without a Will, your estate will pass under the laws of the State of NY.  Also, your estate may be handled by the Public Administrator, rather than a trusted person you select.  If so, your heirs may be required to partake in potentially lengthy and costly legal proceedings to prove their relationships before they can inherit.  The Court will also appoint a “Guardian” for “unknown” persons.  This Guardian, along with the Public Administrator, will get a fee from your estate!  If your heirs can not prove their relationship to the Court, your estate will be paid to the State of NY.

Having a Will can ensure those you select inherit from you, reduce expenses, and expedite handling of your estate.  It also allows you to nominate an Executor, who is the person who collects your assets and delivers them to your beneficiaries.  If you have the right Executor, your estate should move swiftly. Lastly, if you already have a Will and haven’t reviewed it in over two years, now’s the time to do so to ensure your current wishes are carried out.

-Brian A. Raphan, ESQ.