Hartford Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Nursing home residents are guaranteed certain rights that ensure access to the care and treatment they require. When a nursing home’s staff or caregivers neglect to uphold these rights and residents suffer abuse or neglect, residents’ family members and loved ones may be entitled to take legal action. However, it may be in your best interest to consult with a Hartford nursing home abuse lawyer to discuss your claim. An attorney will understand when a nursing home is liable for resident abuse or neglect and help you hold the facility and its staff liable for the harm they inflicted on your loved one.
At D’Amico & Pettinicchi, we understand the difficulties and hardships victims of nursing home abuse endure. We are dedicated to helping nursing home abuse victims and their loved ones pursue the justice and compensation they need to recover. We will not hesitate to pursue every legal option available to help you hold the at-fault party liable for the abuse or neglect your loved one endured. To find out if you have a case, contact our qualified Hartford nursing home abuse lawyers to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. For more than 25 years, our Hartford personal injury attorneys have helped our clients obtain more than $75 million in verdicts and settlements. We know what it takes to build a case that supports your claim and will represent you for no upfront fees. The only time our attorneys will charge you is if we recover compensation.
Call (866) 848-7077 to find out if you have a case.
What is Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are entrusted to provide residents the care and medical treatment they need. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents are subjected to physical and verbal mistreatment that jeopardizes their safety and well-being. This includes:
- Nursing home abuse: An intentional infliction of injury, unreasonable punishment, intimidation, deprivation of care or services, or causing physical pain or mental anguish.
- Nursing home neglect: Failing to provide a resident with the care and services he or she requires, such as medical treatment, food, water, clean clothing, and hygienic needs. This also includes failing to react to potentially dangerous situations that could harm residents.
Nursing home residents can suffer abuse from the facility’s staff members, caregivers or other residents. If you suspect a nursing home resident is being abused or neglected, immediately report the abuse to the facility’s administrative staff or law enforcement. Then, contact a qualified attorney to discuss your legal options.
D’Amico & Pettinicchi is dedicated to helping residents who have been abused or neglected in nursing homes. Our trusted nursing home abuse lawyers in Hartford have the experience and knowledge to pursue justice and compensation. Firm Partner Mike D’Amico is an accomplished attorney with an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, a rating reserved for attorneys recognized for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards. Our qualified Hartford personal injury lawyers are members of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Mike D'Amico and Thomas P. Pettinicchi have both been included in Best Lawyers in America©.
Contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We will review your claim and conduct a thorough investigation to determine if you have a case. We will inform you of your legal options if we believe your loved one’s nursing home is liable for abuse or neglect.
To get started, complete a Free Case Evaluation form.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
All too often, nursing home residents are reluctant or unable to speak out against their abusers. This makes it difficult to identify when a resident is suffering from abuse or negligence. It is often left up to family members, friends and loved ones who are familiar with the resident to recognize when something may be wrong.
Typically, signs of abuse or neglect are noticeable by sudden or unexplained changes in the resident’s appearance, health, living conditions or personality. This may include:
- Bed sores
- Open wounds
- Strange behavior, such as rocking back and forth, sucking or biting his or her fingers
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Rapid weight loss
- Self-imposed isolation
- Unexplained injuries, such as wounds, cuts, bruises or burns
- Sudden changes in behavior, such as fear of being touched
- Falls, fractures or head injuries
There may also be less obvious signs that a nursing home resident is being abused or neglected. This may occur when the resident:
- Acts intimidated by or fearful around a staff member or another resident
- Suffers an injury that requires emergency treatment or hospitalization
- Seems heavily medicated or sedated
- Wears soiled or bloody clothing
- Makes sudden changes to his or her will
- Makes unexplained withdrawals from his or her bank account
- Frequently suffers an illness that is not promptly reported to his or her physician or family
- Suffers an injury caused by another resident
It is important to look for the above mentioned signs if you believe a nursing home resident is being neglected or abused. Many elderly people will not tell others about their abuse due to the fear of retaliation from their abuser. Other times, the resident may suffer from a cognitive condition that affects his or her ability to remember events or understand what may be happening to him or her. This is why it is imperative that you report any signs of nursing home abuse as soon as possible.
To find out if you have a case, call (866) 848-7077.
Compensation for a Nursing Home Abuse Case
If your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, he or she may be entitled to compensation. Although no amount of money can make up for the abuse and neglect your loved one may have endured, it can provide some relief for medical expenses and pain and suffering.
During your free, no obligation consultation, our Hartford nursing home abuse lawyers will review your claim to determine if you may be entitled to pursue compensation for:
- Past and future medical treatment
- Loss of income
- Physical rehabilitation
- Psychological therapy
- Prescription medication
- Hospital stays
- Attorneys’ fees
- Blood tests
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses
Our Hartford nursing home abuse lawyers are experienced negotiators who have reviewed numerous claims. We know how to review your claim to determine an accurate amount of compensation you may be entitled to receive.
Contact us today to find out if you may be entitled to compensation.
Nursing Home Bill of Rights
Connecticut has established a “bill of rights” for nursing home residents to ensure their safety and provide them with the care and treatment they need. These rights add to federal regulations that require nursing homes to create a stable and prosperous environment for residents.
Nursing homes are required to provide services and activities that enable residents to maintain their physical, mental and psychosocial well-being in accordance to a “plan of care.” This includes the resident’s meals, activities, therapies, personal schedule, emotional needs, and medical and nursing care.
Additionally, residents and their family members can address problems or issues to nursing home staff members, ask questions about the facility or type of treatment the resident is receiving, or provide information to help the resident receive proper care.
Furthermore, a nursing home resident has the right to:
- Not suffer any form of abuse
- Be treated with respect and dignity
- Receive a written explanation of the rights and grievances procedures when he or she is admitted to a nursing home
- Receive medical treatment from a health care provider of his or her choice
- Associate, meet and communicate in private with whomever he or she chooses
- Maintain a sleep schedule of his or her choice
- Not be physically restrained or medically sedated
- Access his or her own medical records
- Receive a 30-day-notice before any changes in his or her medical services
- Refuse medical treatment
- Retain ownership of his or her property
- Request that his or her medical records be kept confidential
- Manage his or her money or choose the individual to do so
- Maintain communication with people outside of the nursing home
- File a complaint without the fear of retaliation
Call (866) 848-7077 to find out your legal options today.
Contact a Hartford Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
If you believe a nursing home resident is being abused or neglected, do not hesitate to contact D’Amico & Pettinicchi to schedule a free consultation. Our nursing home abuse lawyers in Hartford will review your claim to determine if a resident’s rights have been breached and require legal action to be taken on their behalf.
We take nursing home abuse and neglect cases on a contingency fee basis and only charge you if we recover compensation for you. This means we will investigate your loved one’s nursing home facility and the treatment he or she receives at no upfront cost. If we find that a resident is suffering from abuse or neglect in his or her nursing home, we will dedicate our skills and resources to help you hold the at-fault party accountable.
Do not wait to get help. Complete a Free Case Evaluation form today.