New Britain Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Nursing homes are trusted to provide the safety and care elderly residents need. When a nursing home staff member or caregiver violates this trust by abusing or neglecting residents, it can result in serious injury or death. For this reason, it is imperative that you contact a dedicated New Britain nursing home abuse lawyer if you believe a resident is suffering from abuse or neglect.
D’Amico & Pettinicchi’s team of accomplished personal injury lawyers in New Britain has more than 25 years of experience representing victims of negligence. We are committed to helping nursing home residents and pursuing justice against staff members and caregivers that commit abuse. Our nursing home abuse lawyers in New Britain understand the severity of an abuse allegation, and will thoroughly investigate your claim to determine if you have a case. We have helped recovered fair compensation in a variety of cases, including a $2.5 million verdict in the choking death of a 93-year-old nursing home resident.
If you believe a nursing home resident is suffering from abuse or neglect, contact D’Amico and Pettinicchi to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We do not charge clients upfront fees to represent nursing home abuse claims and only require payment if we help you obtain justice and compensation. There is no risk in contacting our New Britain nursing home abuse attorneys to find out if you have a case. We have in-depth knowledge of laws protecting elderly loved ones staying at nursing homes and how to apply them to your situation.
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Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Often, it can be difficult to identify when a nursing home resident is suffering from abuse or neglect. Many residents lack the cognitive or physical capacity to warn others about when they may have been abused. Sometimes residents are scared of retaliation if they report what happened.
It is often up to the resident’s friends, family or loved ones to recognize whether the resident is suffering from abuse. Some of the most common signs of nursing home abuse include:
- Visible signs of injuries, like bruises, cuts, burns or abrasions
- Low self-esteem
- Mood swings
- Avoiding eye contact
- Becoming reclusive or isolated
- Bed sores
- Soiled bedding
- Dirty clothing
- Sudden weight loss
- Wandering away from a facility (elopement)
- Being openly frightened or hesitant to speak out against staff members or caregivers
Additional signs that a nursing home resident may have been abused include injuries that require medical attention, such as broken bones or frequent illness due to staff members denying the resident medical care.
If you believe a nursing home resident is suffering from extreme physical abuse, do not hesitate to contact law enforcement authorities immediately. Then, consult with a New Britain nursing home abuse lawyer to discuss your legal options. He or she will review your claim to help you determine if you have a case against the resident’s nursing home facility.
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When a Nursing Home is Liable for Abuse
Nursing homes have a duty of care to ensure their residents are provided the care and safety they require. When a nursing home’s failure to uphold this standard results in a resident suffering an injury, illness or death, the facility or its staff members can be held liable for its negligence.
As qualified nursing home abuse attorneys in New Britain, we are prepared to hold a long-term care facility liable for neglect or abuse due to:
Many nursing home abuse claims we review occur due to lack of qualified staff members to care for each resident’s needs. When nursing homes fail to employ enough staff members, it can cause serious problems for residents, including:
- Neglecting residents: This may include failing to feed, bathe or medicate residents. Neglecting residents’ needs may result in bed sores, infections, malnutrition or dehydration.
- Abuse of residents: When a nursing home is understaffed, residents are often more susceptible to abuse from staff members and caregivers. Staff members may begin to feel overwhelmed or stressed due to not having enough support to care for each resident. This may lead to staff members becoming irritable and physically lashing out against residents.
- Failing to move patients: Some nursing home residents are immobile and unable to move on their own. These residents require help from staff members to perform everyday activities, including getting out of bed or sitting up from a chair. When a nursing home is understaffed, these residents may suffer serious injuries, such as bed sores and infections.
When a nursing home hires a new staff member or caregiver, it must conduct a thorough background check on the employee to determine if he or she is qualified for the position. The candidate must possess the proper academic degrees, training and experience in order to care for elderly residents with multiple medical needs.
Additionally, the candidate must have a clear background with no past record of abuse or neglect allegations. If a nursing home neglects to conduct a background check and hires an unqualified staff member or one with a record of abuse, it may be held liable if any resident is abused or neglected.
Nursing home residents are often prescribed medication to treat their illnesses or medical conditions. Nursing home staff members and caregivers may need to assist residents with taking prescribed medication because they cannot do it on their own or they are likely to forget to take it.
If a resident is given the wrong dosage or type of medication, he or she can suffer harmful side effects or death. For this reason, staff members and caregivers must understand the type of medication the resident is taking and how large of a dose he or she requires. If a resident suffers injury or death due to a medication error, the nursing home may be held liable.
Nursing homes must provide residents with a safe environment that protects them from third-party abusers. This may include trespassers, visitors or other residents that attempt to harm residents within the nursing home facility.
Violating Residents’ Rights
To protect residents' independence and self-determination, each resident is guaranteed rights. Under federal law, nursing homes are required to provide residents the right to:
- Privacy and confidentiality
- Dignity, respect and freedom
- Participate in their own health care and living arrangements
Nursing home staff members and caregivers must be adequately trained and have enough experience to properly respond to residents’ medical needs and emergencies. If a staff member is undertrained or unqualified to provide a resident the care he or she needs, it may result in the resident suffering serious injury or death.
To find out if you have a case, call (866) 848-7077.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Our New Britain nursing home abuse lawyers have the knowledge and experience to handle claims regarding several forms of abuse. This includes:
One of the most noticeable types of abuse that occurs in nursing homes is physical abuse. This occurs when a staff member, caregiver or another resident physically harms a resident, resulting in injury or death. Some of the most common types of physical abuse against nursing home residents include:
Although physical abuse is often associated with a resident being physically assaulted, it may also occur when a resident suffers harm from:
- Excessive physical restraint
- Being denied food or water
Emotional abuse is one of the most difficult types of nursing home abuse to notice, and often includes imposing emotional or psychological suffering on the resident. This may occur when the resident suffers emotional distress or anguish due to verbal and nonverbal abuse from staff members, caregivers or other residents.
Common forms of emotional abuse against nursing home residents are:
- Threats of violence
- Verbal assaults
- Shouting or yelling
When a nursing home resident suffers emotional abuse, he or she may become withdrawn and isolated from friends, family and loved ones. The resident may also appear fearful or suffer from mood swings, depression, anxiety or low self-esteem. If you notice any of these signs in your loved one, be sure to inform staff members or the facility’s administrator as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, nursing home residents may be at risk of non-consensual sexual advances from staff members or other residents. Many residents in nursing homes suffer cognitive and physical impairments that leave them vulnerable to predators in the facility.
Sexual abuse includes any sexual contact with someone who is unable to provide consent or defend himself or herself from an abuser. Victims of sexual assault in nursing homes often become emotionally isolated and fearful of their abuser. This may lead to the resident experiencing sudden changes in his or her personality, including mood swings and lashing out against others.
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How Our New Britain Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Can Help You
Hiring an attorney with experience handling nursing home abuse claims can benefit you in several ways after reporting nursing home abuse. Although contacting law enforcement or reporting the abuse to the nursing home’s administrative staff may hold the abuser liable for his or her actions, it will not provide the resident with the compensation he or she deserves.
For this reason, it may be in your best interest to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer in New Britain to discuss pursuing legal action against the facility your loved one resides in. An attorney will understand how to build a strong case to support your claim by using evidence to prove the resident’s injury or death resulted from abuse or neglect he or she suffered at the nursing home.
Your lawyer will act as an advocate on behalf of the resident.
Additionally, your attorney will handle every aspect of the claims process for you. This includes communicating with the nursing home’s administrative staff, law enforcement investigating the case, and attorneys representing the resident’s long-term care facility. Your lawyer will act as an advocate on behalf of the resident to help him or her receive the justice he or she deserves.
At D’Amico & Pettinicchi, our New Britain nursing home abuse lawyers are dedicated to defending our clients’ best interests. Partner Mike D’Amico is an experienced attorney who has received the AV preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is for lawyers who have demonstrated strong legal ability and high ethical standards. He has been named a New England Super Lawyer every year since 2007 and has been annually selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2013.
We understand the difficulties you may be experiencing if your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse. Our main goal is make the process of pursuing legal action against a nursing home as simple as possible for our clients. We will handle every aspect of your case and not settle for any amount of compensation that is less than what you deserve.
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Contact D’Amico & Pettinicchi to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you believe your loved one is suffering from abuse or neglect in a nursing home, you may have legal options to hold the facility liable. D’Amico & Pettinicchi’s nursing home abuse lawyers in New Britain will help you determine your legal options to pursue the justice and compensation your loved one deserves.
To get started, contact us to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We will thoroughly investigate your claim to find signs that your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse and inform you of any legal options that may be available.
When working with our team of dedicated attorneys, you do not have to worry about paying upfront legal fees for our help. We work only on a contingency fee basis, which means you only have to pay us if we recover compensation for your claim.
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