Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence
Those of us with relatives in nursing homes want to think that the facility is helping our loved ones, keeping them safe and doing what they can to improve their quality of life.
It’s shocking to learn that sometimes that’s far from the truth.
Whether it’s neglect due to poor training or understaffing, or it’s blatant physical abuse, it shouldn’t happen. The residents of nursing homes are some of our most vulnerable citizens.
An attorney’s job is to protect the vulnerable. When abuse happens at nursing homes, legal action against the facility may be the best way to demand accountability and, hopefully, prevent this from happening again to another family.
Types of Elder Abuse
The staff at nursing homes is tasked with providing for the medical needs of residents. Your loved one in a nursing home has a legal right to basic care. Federal law requires employees of nursing facilities to “promote and protect” the rights of residents and respect their dignity.
Examples of nursing home abuse can include:
- Failing to administer medication
- Neglecting medical duties
- Hitting or striking
- Sexual abuse
- Financial exploitation
- Emotional abuse
No one should be subjected to this kind of mistreatment, but it is particularly egregious when the victim is a vulnerable elder.
Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
If your loved one is being mistreated at a nursing home facility, it may not necessarily be apparent at first glance. But there are warning signs you can – and should – watch for.
- Bruises or abrasions
- Social isolation
- Unattended medical needs
- Poor hygiene
It is important to look for these signs because, unfortunately, some residents in nursing homes aren’t able to communicate what has been happening. Even if they can, they may feel too intimidated to speak up.
Hiring a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Connecticut residents need to know that there is help available if a loved one has been mistreated in a nursing facility. By taking legal action, you can demand accountability from those who mistreated your loved one.
To be successful, a nursing home abuse attorney needs to be both compassionate and fierce. You need a lawyer who is determined to seek justice for your loved one and knowledgeable enough to build a strong case seeking accountability and compensation.
At the Flood Law Firm, we have a passion for defending the vulnerable and victimized. We sympathize with what your family has gone through, and we take our responsibility very seriously. We’re committed to holding nursing homes accountable for the abuse that occurs in their facilities.
Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your options.