No family wants to imagine that a loved one is being abused, neglected, or mistreated at a nursing home. Sadly, this is, unfortunately, the reality for many nursing home residents around the US, including right here in Connecticut. Negligent or intentional conduct on behalf of facility staff members and caregivers can ultimately harm or even lead to the death of the vulnerable senior citizens they are entrusted to take care of.
If you believe your loved one is experiencing nursing home abuse or negligence in Danbury, do not hesitate to contact our Danbury attorneys at The Flood Law Firm for a free consultation. We can discuss your rights and options with you in detail.
Nursing home abuse is intentional wrongdoing. It refers to injuring an elderly nursing home resident on purpose, with the intent to harm. Nursing home abuse can take the form of kicking, punching, slapping, or otherwise physically assaulting a resident. It can also involve mental, verbal, or emotional abuse, as well as sexual abuse or financial exploitation. The signs of nursing home abuse will depend on the type and severity. They include:
Nursing home abuse is a crime that can leave victims with life-changing injuries or illnesses. Negligence in a nursing home setting can be just as, if not more damaging than abuse. Negligence refers to a breach of the duty of care. In a nursing home negligence case, it is often the staff member at the nursing home who is guilty of negligence. Examples of negligence include failing to provide proper care, failing to order emergency care, failure to monitor a patient, and failing to keep a resident clean and sanitary. It can also result from a failure to maintain a safe and sanitary facility.
Detecting nursing home abuse or neglect early could be life-saving. Unfortunately, the reporting rate of these incidents is low. Studies estimate that nursing home abuse statistics are much lower than the true rate of abuse due to underreporting by victims. Many elderly victims are physically or cognitively unable to come forward. Others might not say anything due to the fear of retaliation or someone not believing them. It is often up to you as a relative to keep your eye on someone you know in a nursing home to look for possible signs of something wrong.
If you suspect nursing home abuse or negligence, take action immediately. Don’t wait for a serious injury or hard evidence of abuse or neglect to say something. Tell a facility manager about what happened. Take your loved one out of the nursing home and to a safe location right away. Call the police to ask for an investigation. You can also call your local Ombudsman Program for advice and assistance. Then, call The Flood Law Firm at (877) 987-9LAW for a free legal consultation. Our attorneys will file a negligence or abuse claim on your loved one’s behalf in Fairfield County. We understand these cases and how to demand maximum compensation for injuries and losses.
Nursing home abuse and negligence are terrible wrongdoings that no elderly nursing home resident should have to endure. Nursing homes have legal obligations and responsibilities. They must take proper care of their residents and make sure their staff members do the same. If a nursing home in Danbury breaches this duty of care, leading to an injury or illness for your loved one, contact The Flood Law Firm as soon as possible. We will discuss your rights at no cost or obligation to hire us. We want to offer our help, from our family to yours.