Nursing Home Abuse
If your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse, we can help.
Nursing home abuse is a serious problem in the United States, exacerbated by the fact that most such crimes go unreported. Research into nursing home abuse suggests that only 1 in 14 instances of abuse is reported, whether to nursing home administration, family member advocates, or law enforcement. There are many reasons nursing home abuse may go unreported. First, many nursing home residents are unable to report abuse because they suffer from cognitive impairments. Second, nursing home residents who can report abuse may be afraid of retaliation if they do. And sometimes, sadly, nursing home administrators and staff cover up instances of abuse.
Nursing home abuse comes in many forms: resident-on-resident and employee-on-resident are the most common. Tragically, in some cases, abuse and negligence can result in catastrophic health consequences, emotional trauma, and even death. If you or loved one has suffered from nursing home abuse, an experienced Hartford nursing home abuse lawyer can help you pursue a claim for compensation. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers has been assisting victims of nursing home abuse for years. Call us at (860) 722-9923, chat with us live, or fill out the form on the right side of this screen to schedule a free consultation.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer to Handle My Nursing Home Abuse Claim?
You need an attorney who is very knowledgeable in handling nursing home abuse claims. Because many of these institutions are owned by large for-profit companies, they have the legal resources to derail or shut down claims of nursing home abuse. Because nursing homes lose money if abuse violations force them to suspend new admissions, their legal team will try everything they can to deny the allegations. Additionally, staff and administrators tend to close ranks when an abuse case is reported, so getting accurate information about the abuse can become virtually impossible. An experienced nursing home abuse lawyer has the legal tools and skill set to get through the nursing home facility’s stonewalling, and to fight against the parent company’s legal team.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers?
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, our top-notch nursing home abuse attorneys will diligently work to enforce your rights and to make sure that you receive the full compensation you are owed. We have a unique case management system in place that encompasses every part of your nursing home abuse case. In addition to handling all of the legal matters in your case, we also invest in your peace of mind, making sure you and your loved one receive all necessary medical and personal care. Our commitment to this often overlooked human element is an integral part of our process, so we will remind you of upcoming medical appointments, and make sure that you or your loved one has transportation to attend them.
Our nursing home abuse lawyers always prepare each case as if it were going to trial. However, most of our cases are settled out of court, because we are skilled in carefully negotiating the best settlements for our clients. Our experience and skill has allowed us to win millions for our past clients, and we are ready to do the same for you.
Nursing Home Abuse Claims
Nursing homes today are owned by for-profit companies whose main interest is in their profits, not in the welfare of their residents. As a result, nursing homes pay low wages, generally with no benefits, and they often hire people with no specialized skills or training in either eldercare or medicine. Nursing homes frequently do not have an adequate ratio of staff to residents, especially at night and on weekends, when much of nursing home abuse occurs.
Common types of nursing home abuse include:
- Financial Abuse – This includes stealing cash, checks, credit cards, or valuables, and fraudulently obtaining money from bank accounts. It may also involve someone pressuring a resident into changing their will.
- Sexual Abuse – This includes any kind of sexual activity that is nonconsensual.
- Physical abuse – This includes actions such as hitting, pushing, tripping, slapping, and other physically violent behavior, which may cause both psychological and physical injury.
- Emotional Abuse – This includes implicit or explicit threats against nursing home residents, menacing behavior that instills fear, and purposefully withholding care or medicine.
- Overt Neglect – This covers a range of abuses. Common examples include: failing to provide adequate food and water; failing to provide necessary medication; neglecting to cut fingernails or toenails; leaving residents to sit in their waste for hours; not bathing residents regularly; and failure to regularly reposition residents who are prone to bedsores.
Often, victims of nursing home abuse will not report the abuse themselves, for fear of retaliation or confusion over what is occurring. If you notice unexplained bruises or cuts, significant weight loss, personality or behavior changes, or any other sign that seems suspicious, do not wait to contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. Even if you are unsure of whether abuse is occurring, we can conduct an investigation on your loved one’s behalf and ensure they are safe and taken care of.
Contact Our Experienced Hartford Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Today
If you or loved one has suffered from nursing home abuse, you deserve justice. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we understand the gravity and seriousness of what you have experienced. Our nursing home abuse attorneys are ready to fight for justice on your behalf. We always make sure that you get both reassurance and regular updates about how your case is progressing. Whether your case is settled out of court or goes to trial, you’ll have the Power of Perkins on your side. We are dedicated to getting results, and ensuring that you receive the most compensation for your nursing home abuse claim.
For a devoted and aggressive Hartford attorney who will walk every step of the way with and for you, call Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers at (860) 722-9923 today to set up a free initial consultation about your case.