In New York State, there are specific laws that protect the rights of nursing home residents. There’re also federal laws that protect nursing home residents.
We use both of those laws as a sword to make sure that people who have been harmed by nursing homes abuse are protected and are compensated for what they’ve gone through. These laws are important because they protect those of us who are most vulnerable with their own set of rights as a resident or patient of these homes.
In fact, New York State takes it so seriously that there are separate causes of punitive damage actions for certain behaviors or neglect that occurs in nursing home setting.