Connecticut Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
Nursing home abuse and neglect is responsible for thousands of avoidable deaths annually in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that one-third of all nursing homes have been cited for neglect. The medical costs of injuries resulting from elder abuse have been estimated at more than $5.3 billion annually, a staggering sum.
Yet no sum of money can account for the emotional and psychological harm caused by abuse, which can affect not only the victim, but loved ones as well. We want the best for our elderly relatives, and the thought that they could be in danger from healthcare workers is terrifying.
Abuse Can Be Physical, Emotional, or Sexual
Nursing home ownership and management is big business. The facilities are extremely profitable and the more patients they can house with the least amount of staff, the more profitable they become. This understaffing is casually related to elder neglect, including bedsores, falls, malnutrition, and avoidable infection. These facilities have also shown a repeated failure to adequately train their staff, another primary cause of neglect.
We also see examples of intentional assault on the part of healthcare workers at nursing home facilities. This type of abuse can take many forms, including hitting, striking with an object or weapon, scratching, biting, choking, suffocation, pushing, shaking, slapping, kicking, pinching, and burning of patients.
Even more alarming, there are many reports of sexual assault on the elderly residents. These violations can also be committed against mentally or physically impaired patients who are unable to consent.
We have repeatedly found that abuse could have been prevented if the facility had screened candidates prior to employment. Physical assaults are frequently committed by repeat offenders, when an appropriate background check would have disclosed that these employees were not suitable for a nursing home. If you have to entrust a loved one to a care facility, do your homework beforehand. Simple safety rules and protocols, if followed, can eliminate 90% of nursing home abuse.
Prosecution of Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse
If you have an elderly relative in an assisted living facility or who has regular in-home care, you must remain alert for signs of abuse. Examples include:
- Unexplained injuries - cuts, bruises, burns
- Refusal to see doctor for injuries
- Rapid mood swings
- Changes in personality
- Bruising or bleeding around genitals
If you suspect your loved one has been a victim of abuse or neglect, you need to take action immediately. At Naizby Law, we have a proven track record of successfully recovering for victims of nursing home neglect and abuse.
The only way to ensure that facilities put their residents before profits is to make it unprofitable for them to neglect residents. We have administrators, nurses, doctors, and aids on retainer who will review and investigate your case. Our Connecticut personal injury lawyers take the health and well-being of elders very seriously. If the neglect rises to a criminal level, we will turn our findings over to local law enforcement and state attorney generals to close down the facilities. We will also work with you to ensure that you and your family are fully compensated as quickly as possible.
Contact us today at (203) 245-8500 to schedule a free consultation.
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For over 20 years, John has exclusively represented people (not insurance companies).
John has received the America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Award.
Since the year 2000, John has been a Board Certified Civil Lawyer.
John is a graduate and senior instructor at the Trial Lawyers College.
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