Nurse's Aide Twists Resident's Arm Until it Breaks
Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Feb 05, 2014 in Nursing Home Abuse
If you ask some people in Danbury about nursing homes, they have strong opinions. Some people talk about how they would never send a relative to a nursing home, that it shows how little people care about their parents and grandparents to send them to a nursing home instead of caring for their relatives themselves.
What these people fail to realize, however, is that many of the people who live in nursing homes have medical conditions that require specialized or constant care. It is possible that no one in the family has the medical training to care for a family member, or maybe they cannot work and provide the necessary care. Regardless, nursing home staff can be vitally important to the care of elderly residents.
Sadly, sometimes nursing homes are hotspots for elder abuse. Employees may not provide the proper care or they may be abusive toward the residents. Fortunately, when that does happen, the residents and their family members can hold the employees and the facilities responsible by filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit.
While it did not happen in Connecticut, one certified nurse's aide's admission that she had twisted a resident's arm until it broke is a sad example of the kind of abuse that can happen here and across the country. The nurse's aide said that she was taking the resident back to her room when she twisted the woman's arm. She was found guilty of endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person and will likely spend 30 days in jail. In instances like these, family of the victim may like to reach out to an injury attorney to help determine if there is any type of legal recourse that can be pursued to hold the responsible individuals accountable for their actions.
Source: The Troy Record, "CNA pleads guilty to abusing elderly woman at Albany facility," Jan. 14, 2014