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Lori Semlies focuses on the defense of medical and nursing home malpractice claims in both state and federal courts, including all phases of litigation through trial. She has handled appeals in the New York Appellate Division, First and Second Departments, and before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Lori also defends general negligence cases as well as trip and falls, motor vehicle accidents and equipment malfunctions.

Nursing-Home-Care_TS-119913526State and federal regulations weren’t enacted to protect nursing home residents only from neglect and abuse. Federal law requires facilities to maintain environments that promote, maintain or enhance a resident’s quality of life. Adults have the right to make choices about significant aspects of their life in a facility. Indeed, the facility must make reasonable accommodations for the individual resident’s needs and preferences to the extent that the health and safety of the individual resident or others is not endangered.
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Nursing-Home-Care_TS-119913526Should long-term-care (LTC) facilities use or permit the use of video surveillance in residents’ rooms?

LTC facilities, aka nursing homes, are increasingly the subject of state and sometimes federal investigation to detect abuse and neglect of residents. Unannounced visits by the state attorney general’s office are more frequent, as is the media coverage of these investigations and the criminal charges that sometimes ensue.

As the public learns more about these investigations through news reports or stories on programs such as 20/20 or Dateline, families more often take the initiative to install hidden cameras (granny cams) in rooms to monitor the activities of staff members in their absence. Similarly, families and visitors surreptitiously use their smart phones to record patient care in their presence.

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