In cases of nursing home neglect fines often not enough
Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Feb 13, 2015 in Nursing Home Neglect
There is no question that nursing homes fulfill a need in today’s society. As the baby boomer generation continues to grow older, they, as well as family members, begin to contemplate what their living arrangements will look like. While the answer of course varies depending on each person’s circumstances, nursing homes and assisted facilities are, or most definitely will be, a part of that conversation for many.
Those who do decide to go that route have a lot to consider when selecting the specific facility. Safety should be at the top of that list. Abuse and neglect can lead to serious injuries that in the worst cases result in the death of the resident. When this happens some families may seek compensation for the untimely death of their loved one. This is accomplished by filing a lawsuit against those responsible for the death.
In the course of a wrongful death lawsuit a dollar amount will be placed upon the life of the person who died. This can be difficult for some to go through. Accordingly, in pursuing such a claim it is important that they do so with the assistance of a lawyer who has a thorough knowledge of how the process works.
Nursing homes can face other consequences as well. This is illustrated in the fines recently levied against seven of them, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The fines were for a variety of reasons including pressure ulcers, a broken bones, lacerations and even death. At less than $2,000 each, most would likely agree that the fines are not much of a penalty. In some situations a wrongful death lawsuit serves as an additional deterrent.