When you make the decision that a loved one needs nursing home care, you trust that the staff will take care of your family member. While there are many well-run, safe nursing homes throughout Connecticut, unfortunately, there are still instances of elder abuse and neglect taking place. If you are a victim, or you suspect an elder is being abused, contact our New Haven personal injury lawyers for a free consultation about your case. Call us at (203) 265-2035 or contact us online today.
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Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect in New Haven
Any form of abuse is unjustifiable and cruel, but sadly, the following types commonly occur in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities:
Inflicting any type of physical harm, including slapping, pushing, hitting, kicking, restraining, or improperly medicating a resident.
When nursing homes do not provide food, water, clean clothing or bedding necessary for residents to live comfortably.
This involves threatening, yelling, humiliating and name-calling.
Forcing a sexual act on someone without permission.
Staff members may deceive or threaten an elder to gain their money and possessions.
Elder abuse is also referred to as a silent crime since the victims are often fearful, or unable to communicate their injuries. In serious cases, residents may suffer severe illness, injury, or possibly wrongful death.
Recognizing Elder Abuse
The following are indicators that a loved one may be suffering from nursing home abuse or neglect:
Bruises, black eyes, lacerations, and welts
Broken bones and fractures
Cuts, open wounds, and wounds in various stages of healing
Poor skin condition
Sprains, dislocations, and internal injuries
Dehydration or malnourishment
Signs of restraint
Sudden change in behavior
Lab results indicating an overdose or deprivation of medication
Caregiver refusing to allow visitors to see the resident alone or at all
Signs of rape or sexual assault (pelvic injury, unexplained STD, torn or stained underwear, bruises in the genital region, bleeding, etc.)
Lack of supervision or care
Taking the wrong medications
It is often a legally actionable offense any time negligence by nursing home staff results in a patient acquiring a bedsore while at a facility. This is because most early-stage bedsores are preventable or easily treated.
How a New Haven Nursing Home Injury Lawyer Can Help
A knowledgeable lawyer will have an understanding of the numerous state and federal laws protecting nursing home and assisted-living patients, under which a claim can be filed for any violation. That includes Connecticut’s Nursing Home Bill of Rights, which mandates the standard of care. With the help of an attorney, you can determine how the law relates to your case or your loved ones, then pursue legal action for damages. Victims who file a medical malpractice lawsuit can recover costs of any emergency or long-term care related to the injuries, pain and suffering, mental anguish, possibly punitive damages and more.
Speak to a New Haven Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today
Contact local law enforcement immediately if you suspect an elder is in danger. Then reach out to Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C. to obtain legal services from a New Haven attorney. We understand the sensitive issues surrounding a nursing home injury case and know how to get the results you need. Contact us online or call (203) 265-2035.