Staten Island Jury Awards $500,000 in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

On December 15th, in the Supreme Court of Richmond County, a jury awarded $500,000 to the estate of Salvatore Palmieri, in a verdict against defendant Staten Island University Hospital. Doolan Platt & Setareh, LLP had filed suit against Staten Island University Hospital, after our client, Mr. Palmieri, developed pressure ulcers (also referred to as pressure sores and bedsores) during a hospital stay in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, Mr. Palmieri was admitted to Staten Island University Hospital with an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Following a successful surgery, he was at high risk for developing pressure ulcers. Due to a lack of, and improper, care, Mr. Palmieri did develop pressure ulcers, which grew while he was confined to his bed. These ulcers continued to worsen, until he passed away in 2010.

For patients and residents who are less mobile or immobile, pressure ulcers are a major issue in hospitals and nursing homes. If you or a loved one is at risk for, or has developed, pressure ulcers, make sure the nursing home or hospital staff are implementing measures to prevent or treat them.

3 Deaths at the Suffolk Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing

Yesterday, NBC4 New York’s Chris Glorioso and the station’s I-Team reported on their investigation into three deaths at the Suffolk Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing on Long Island. According to family members, Thomas Bischoff and Raymond Curiale, residents of the nursing home and Korean War veterans, both died as a result of neglect.

According to medical records from Brookhaven Memorial Medical Center, Mr. Bischoff died of a cardiac arrest resulting from a septic infection. The sepsis was partly caused by bedsores, which can form if nursing home staff neglect to provide basic care. You can find more information on bedsores, also referred to as pressure ulcers, here.

After being admitted to the nursing home in March 2013, part of Raymond Curiale’s care required staff members to monitor him every 15 minutes. On July 15,2013, Mr. Curiale accidentally hanged himself. Not one staff member checked on Mr. Curiale for 57 minutes, the time frame during which he died.

Glorioso’s article also mentions another Suffolk Center patient who overdosed three times on narcotic painkillers and died last May. In this matter as well, the facility’s staff failed to properly watch over the resident.

In response, the Suffolk Center released a statement stating that the nursing home provides “quality care” for its residents.

This history of neglect is unacceptable for any facility that cares for our loved ones. If you have any questions, concerns, or information about possible abuse or neglect at the Suffolk Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, you can contact Benjamin Decker, Esq. at (518) 621-4210 or