Loved one abused in nursing home? Legal action may make sense
Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Apr 07, 2015 in Nursing Home Abuse
It is likely hard for some to imagine that any caretaker would want to harm a (usually elderly) nursing home resident. While it can be hard to believe, it does happen all too frequently and it can result in a resident suffering serious injuries.
A nursing home in Connecticut was recently fined by the state Department of Health, in part for this very thing. Among other things, an aide at the facility was found to have punched a resident in the arm.
For the family of the person who was punched a fine likely does little to make them feel better about the situation. Instead these individuals could decide to file a personal injury lawsuit against the facility. A lawsuit of this nature can arise in a variety of situations besides physical abuse. They might also be prompted by medication errors, the failure prevent choking hazards or falls, infection, malnutrition and dehydration.
Engaging the assistance of a lawyer who has experience working on these types of cases is usually the best approach for those who find themselves in this position. In addition to understanding how the case will likely proceed, that individual can also help his or her client to cut through the anger and sadness they may be feeling in regard to their loved one being mistreated. When a case is successful, financial compensation will be awarded.
Whether the family of those who were injured at the Connecticut nursing home took this course of action is unclear. While a successful case cannot undo the harm that was done, it could make things easier for that individual going forward and provide a sense of closure.