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At Least 2 Die Following Suspected Nursing Home Neglect

Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Mar 05, 2014 in Nursing Home Neglect

There is no excuse for nursing homes to neglect their patients. When someone is checked into a Connecticut nursing home, he or she is doing so because he or she needs care, medical treatment and supervision. It is a hard choice to give up one's freedom, but many of the people who are in nursing homes recognize that their need for medical care outweighs their need for independence. So, when a nursing home facility provides insufficient supervision or poor medical care, it is not only a disappointing outcome, but one that can be the cause of very serious injuries.

Just across the Long Island Sound in Suffolk County, at least two nursing home deaths are believed to be linked to negligence. What makes these deaths even more shocking, however, is that both men were Korean War veterans.

The most recent death was that of a man who should have been checked on every 15 minutes. Instead, on July 15 the nursing home staff failed to look in on him for nearly one hour and their insufficient supervision appears to have caused his death. The man had been trying to wiggle free of his wheelchair restraint but accidentally hung himself with the seat belt.

Four months earlier, a 74-year-old veteran died from a cardiac arrest prompted by a septic infection in his respiratory system. It is believed that the massive bedsores prompted the septic infection. Though many people can develop bedsores, this veteran had numerous sores on his back and their size were gruesome. In the event that the family of this veteran would be interesting in holding the nursing home responsible for their actions, a personal injury lawyer may be able to provide the experience and knowledge to take the case to court. At D'Amico & Pettinicchi, our nursing home abuse lawyers have a proven track record of success handling nursing home abuse claims and can be reached at (866) 848-7077.