I know it may seem to some that I was contemplating this next installment of my most recent blog regarding safeguarding our loved ones in a nursing home. Some readers have probably now concluded that I was anticipating the results of the ongoing investigation by New York State Atty. Gen. Schneiderman, when I wrote it. On the other hand, maybe it was not obvious that I would be writing a second installment of this series.We all owe a debt of gratitude to Atty. Gen.Schneiderman, who was diligent enough to not only launch an investigation once he suspected that there was merit to the complaint he received, but he also relied on a hidden camera in the  patient’s room. The victim was a double amputee who also suffered from partial paralysis and other ailments. He ultimately  died on March 16.

Our Attorney General’s quote, regarding  what is shown on the camera was that it “revealed a disturbing pattern of pervasive neglect.”This sadness is certainly enough to cause anyone with a sense of common decency to become nauseous.Despite the years that our law firm has spent dealing with such matters on behalf of people who suffer from neglect or abuse in a nursing home, we have not become immune to having a horrific reaction to such evidence. If you are not yet aware of this matter, It is alleged that certified nurse’s aides routinely ignored their duties, and failed  to dispense prescription medications. They are also accused of failing to even move patients properly to prevent them from suffering from decubitus ulcers-or what are commonly known as bedsores, among other acts of neglect,.  Also, the word "bedsore" does not come close to describing even if stage one decubitus ulcer-let alone a stage III.Virtually none of this can be deemed benign neglect.

The true problem is that we are talking about the most vulnerable in our society. People placed in a nursing home have been robbed of virtually all control over their own lives, and we cannot allow them to be robbed of their dignity, or become victims of those who have no concern for their well-being. I have intentionally tried not to allow these blogs to become so long that they are burdensome to the reader, so I will end this installment now, but I will continue to comment on this most timely, yet disturbing topic. We will also deal with this, along with our previously scheduled topic – “ how to choose an attorney”, on this week's Brenna,Brenna& Boyce Law Forum, this Sunday morning at 8 AM right here on WHAM 1180.