Waterbury Nursing Home Abuse
Do you have a loved one in a Waterbury nursing home whom you suspect is suffering from abuse or neglect?
Residents of nursing homes who are mistreated, neglected or abused should receive justice for the horrific sufferings they have endured at the hands of those charged with their care. For more than 25 years, D’Amico & Pettinicchi has helped victims of nursing home abuse seek justice against negligent and malicious staff members. We are a group of seasoned and experienced personal injury attorneys who have won millions on behalf of victims of negligence and abuse. Our Waterbury nursing home abuse attorneys can advise you of your loved one’s legal options through a free, no obligation consultation. We offer our services for no charge unless we are able to recover compensation for your loved one’s claim
Call (866) 848-7077 if you suspect your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse.
Why Hire D’Amico & Pettinicchi?
Nursing homes are trusted with the lives of our elderly loved ones and are expected to provide them with adequate care. When a facility’s staff members breach this trust, legal action should be taken.
If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from abuse or neglect at the hands of the nursing home staff entrusted to care for him or her, you need an attorney who understands the severity of this breach of trust.
At D’Amico & Pettinicchi, our attorneys provide each case with the care and dedication needed to identify and prove negligent or abusive behavior.
Our Waterbury nursing home abuse attorneys are proud to have recovered millions in verdicts and settlements for our clients and their families in cases of nursing home abuse and negligence. Our results include:
- $2.5 million jury verdict for a case in which a 93-year-old nursing home resident choked to death and was not provided with the proper care and attention that could have saved his life.
- $1.1 million settlement in a case of nursing home negligence that resulted in the death of an elderly woman.
- $875,000 settlement in a case against a nursing home after negligent care led to an elderly woman falling and sustaining severe head injuries that led to her death.
- $775,000 settlement against a nursing home for failing to properly monitor and manage a 67-year-old man’s anticoagulant therapy, which led to his death.
By combining experienced investigative skills and the knowledge obtained through years of experience in representing victims of nursing home abuse, we have what it takes to fight for the justice your loved one deserves.
One of our founding members, Mike D’Amico, is a recipient of the preeminent AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell and has dedicated his legal career to protecting the rights of victims who have suffered because of another’s actions.
Call (866) 848-7077 to speak with one of our attorneys.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Signs of elder abuse are not always immediately noticeable. Victims may be unaware what has happened to them or may be reluctant to admit to having been abused out of fear.
There are several types of abuse that routinely occur at nursing homes, including:
Abuse is most commonly thought of as physical harm against an individual. This includes any intentional infliction of harm or pain toward an individual. Abuse may start off as small acts that are minor or unnoticeable, but often gradually increase in severity and frequency.
Signs of physical abuse against an elderly nursing home resident include:
- Unexplained bruises or bleeding
- Broken or fractured bones
- Untreated infections
- Multiple cuts and lacerations
- Use of excessive restraints
Caretakers and nursing homes can take advantage of elderly patients by inappropriately or illegally using their money or forcing them to sign documents surrendering control of their financial assets. Financial abuse against an elderly person usually occurs after trust has been established and is often committed by family members and administrative employees of nursing homes.
Examples of financial abuse against nursing home residents include:
- Unexplained loss of valuables or personal property
- Frequent or unexplained withdrawals from the resident’s bank account
- Forged or forced signatures on documents or checks
- Sudden changes to the resident’s deeds, trusts, wills, financial assets or power of attorney
Nursing home residents can be susceptible to fear, degradation and intimidation by a facility’s employees and even other residents. It is often difficult to recognize when an individual has been emotionally abused or neglected unless you are aware of specific signs, such as:
- Displaying unusual behavior or acting in an uncharacteristic way
- Withdrawal from family members and social interactions
- Sudden low-self esteem
- Unexplained confusion
- Irrational fear
Although nursing home abuse can be difficult to detect, our Waterbury nursing home abuse attorneys have helped many victims and can identify if an act of abuse has occurred. We can help your loved one receive the help he or she needs. Do not hesitate to contact us.
Examples of Nursing Home Neglect
We trust nursing homes to take care of our elderly loved ones who need medical supervision or help with day-to-day tasks. Unfortunately, some nursing homes break that trust by cutting corners, causing our family members to endure pain, trauma, worsening of medical conditions and more.
It is often left up to family members who are familiar with the victim’s personality and characteristics to recognize when something is wrong. The following examples are common signs of elder neglect:
- Failure to prevent falls
- Dehydration or malnourishment
- Delayed diagnosis
- Failure to prevent choking hazards
- Soiled clothing or bedding
- Bed sores
- Inadequate staffing
- Pressure sores
- Delayed diagnosis of pneumonia
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Medication errors
You must thoroughly follow through with reporting any noticeable sign that a nursing home resident has been neglected.
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When Can I Hold a Nursing Home Liable for Neglect and Abuse?
Many victims of nursing home abuse and neglect suffer because a facility failed to take proper care in following the procedures that would ensure adequate care.
If it can be proven that a nursing home acted negligently or violated a procedure designed to provide a safe and efficient facility, it may be possible to hold it liable for any acts of abuse that have occurred.
The following are common reasons that nursing homes can be held liable for abuse:
Having the right patient-to-staff ratio to provide adequate care and attention to the residents of a nursing home is imperative to their well-being. These facilities should have the means to respond to the needs of the residents. When a nursing home fails to have the staff to fulfill this obligation, residents’ basics needs and rights can be neglected and the facility can be held liable.
Nursing homes are obligated to employ staff members who are properly qualified and licensed to provide residents with adequate care. Hired staff members should not have a history of past abuse or violence, especially committed against residents of a previous facility. If a nursing home fails to run proper background checks on its staff members, it is jeopardizing the safety of its residents and may increase the chances that an employee will abuse or neglect a resident.
Nursing home staff should be properly trained and certified for the jobs they are responsible for. Nursing home employees must be licensed, trained and educated in providing medical attention and the proper care that residents depend on. A nursing home facility can be held liable if a resident suffers or is neglected proper care because an employee charged with ensuring his or her safety lacks adequate training.
Violating Residents’ Rights
Nursing home residents, like everyone else, are guaranteed certain rights that staff members must honor. These include the right to privacy, independence and respect. Any staff member who violates these rights can be held accountable for this breach and the facility may be held liable for any infringement.
Claims Against a Third Party
A nursing home is obligated to provide a safe environment that protects residents from any third party, such as a guest, intruder or even another resident, that may intend to cause harm. If a nursing home lacks the proper staff or adequate security to prevent this from happening, the facility could be held responsible for any acts of abuse committed by a third party.
Elderly residents often need medication to maintain their health. If a nursing home resident is provided with the wrong type or an improper dosage, disastrous consequences can follow. If a resident suffers from a medication error that was caused by a nursing home staff member, the facility might assume responsibility for any resulting injuries or death.
What Should I do if I Suspect My Loved One is Being Mistreated?
Unfortunately, elder abuse and neglect often happen to those who are unable to speak for themselves. Nursing home residents who suffer from dementia or are in a constant state of confusion can become victims because of their poor memory or lack of awareness for their surroundings.
In Connecticut, under Sec. 17a-412, medical staff members, like doctors, nurses and care providers, are legally obligated to report any acts of abuse or neglect committed against nursing home residents to the authorities. If a medical professional or care provider fails or neglects to do so, he or she can be held liable and punished according to the law for any unreported known acts of abuse.
If you have evidence or strong suspicions that your loved one is being abused or neglected by the employees of a nursing home, you should report it to the proper authorities.
All instances should be reported to the facility’s staff and management. However, if your loved one is in immediate danger, call 911 or the Waterbury Police Department where you can file a police report and receive assistance from law enforcement.
You should also contact Connecticut's Protective Services for the Elderly (PSE) by calling 1-888-385-4225. PSE investigates reports of abuse and neglect and provides protective services for those who have been harmed while in the care of a nursing home.
After you have alerted the proper authorities, contact our Waterbury nursing home abuse attorneys. We will advise you of your legal options and determine the route that is best for your loved one. Our attorneys will not rest until all legal options have been explored.
Call (866) 848-7077 to speak with an attorney about filing a claim against a nursing home.
How an Attorney Can Help
A nursing home will try to deny or distance itself from any wrongdoing committed by a staff member. In order to truly hold a negligent nursing home accountable for abuse, you will need an attorney who has experience uncovering hidden evidence and is able to recognize signs of elder abuse.
To construct a solid foundation for your claim, our attorneys will:
- Investigate the claims of abuse against your loved one by reviewing any evidence of the alleged incident, including medical reports, photographs and video surveillance footage.
- Interview any staff members or residents who may be aware of ongoing abuse.
- Work with medical experts to discover the cause and extent of your loved one’s injuries.
- Review the nursing home’s hiring practices as well as staff member records to identify any past instances of abuse or violations in the nursing home’s hiring process.
- Determine the true amount of damage incurred by your loved one by review the economic and noneconomic damages he or she suffered.
Having served our Waterbury community for decades, we have investigated and successfully won numerous cases involving nursing home abuse. We will dedicate ourselves to your loved one’s case and will work to ensure that he or she receives the justice and compensation he or she deserves.
There are few things more tragic than learning your elderly loved have been abused or neglected by those he or she depends on for basic care. Our Waterbury nursing home abuse attorneys understand the severity of this betrayal and will exhaust every legal option to provide your loved one and your family with justice.
Call (866) 848-7077 to speak with one of our attorneys.
WATERBURY NURSING HOME ABUSE LAWYERS
Nursing homes that fail to provide adequate services to the people who are entrusted to their care should be held accountable.
Obtaining a settlement or judgment for your family member may not fully compensate them for the suffering they have endured, but it can help bring closure to a painful experience.
The experienced Waterbury nursing home lawyers at D’Amico & Pettinicchi will help get you the justice you deserve.