New Haven Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Families all over Connecticut take tremendous time and put considerable effort into selecting the proper nursing home to place a loved one in. When a nursing home or assisted living facility resident suffers injuries or is killed because of a nursing home’s abuse or neglect, the family has every right to be angry.
Nursing homes are expected to provide adequate levels of care for older individuals who are usually incapable of caring for themselves. The Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) all handle nursing home complaints, and the Connecticut Department on Aging also handles the state’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.
Filing a complaint against a nursing home can be challenging and emotionally troubling. Many nursing homes will deny liability and claim that a resident’s injuries were the result of their own negligence.
Do not think that you have to accept a nursing home’s refusal to accept responsibility for its wrongdoing. The New Haven nursing home abuse attorneys with Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can fight to help you get justice when you call (203) 397-1283 to take advantage of a no cost, no obligation consultation.
Do I Need A Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer?
Your first instinct when you suspect nursing home abuse could understandably be to file a complaint with the actual nursing home. While you may be expecting quick action, it could take several weeks or months for your claim to be investigated and the nursing home’s response to your report may be entirely inadequate.
To make sure that you get real results with your nursing home abuse claim, you will want to make sure that you retain legal counsel. An experienced attorney will be able to work to make sure that you recover all of the compensation you are entitled to.
An insurance company for the nursing home may contact you and attempt to get you to resolve your case without a lawyer. An agent will usually offer you a lump sum settlement that they will remind you that you can keep more of for yourself, but this offer is almost always well short of what most victims are entitled to.
You should always avoid making any recorded statements to insurance companies. Let an attorney handle these conversations on your behalf so you can be sure that nothing will be said that negatively impacts your claim.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers To Handle My Case?
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers won the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015. We recovered $500,000 for the family of an 87-year-old man who was killed after he wandered away from his assisted living facility.
Jonathan Perkins has over three decades of legal experience. He has been named one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.
Mr. Perkins is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and American Bar Association. He is admitted to state courts in Connecticut and New York as well as the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
We will visit you at your nursing home, hospital room, or other location when you are unable to visit us in person. We will provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (203) 397-1283 to set up a no cost, no obligation consultation.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse Cases We Handle
Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms. Our firm handles nursing home abuse cases involving such misconduct as:
- Physical Abuse — When nursing home staff assaults or aggressively handles residents, it can lead to serious injuries such as lacerations, sprains, fractures, internal bleeding, spinal cord injuries, or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Some of the most frequent signs of physical abuse include broken eyeglasses and unexplained cuts or bruises.
- Sexual Abuse — A February 2017 investigation by CNN stated that the “little-discussed issue” of sexual abuse of vulnerable seniors was “more widespread than anyone would imagine.” CNN stated that in cases it reviewed, nursing homes delayed investigating and reporting allegations “because of a reluctance to believe the accusations,” police were dismissive of victim claims, and state regulators “failed to flag patterns of repeated allegations against a single caregiver” because of “the high bar set for substantiating abuse.” The evidence of sexual abuse is usually a sexually-transmitted disease (STD), but other common signs include torn underwear or bleeding, bruising, or infections in genital areas.
- Psychological Abuse — Emotionally abusive tactics may be inflicted by nursing home staff, but residents can also be victims of psychological abuse from other residents. Nursing homes have an obligation to make sure that their facilities are welcoming environments for all their residents, and all concerns should be addressed when anybody’s behavior is causing unnecessary anxiety, fear, or panic for a resident. Verbal forms of psychological abuse can include yelling at a resident, making them feel guilty about accidents, or threats of possible violence. Psychological abuse can also include nonverbal actions such as isolation from other residents, withholding food or water, and simply ignoring a resident’s requests.
- Neglect — Any resident may exhibit signs of neglect when nursing home staff fails to provide the proper level of care. Neglect can involve a resident suffering dramatic weight loss, taking the wrong medications or improper doses of medications, or possibly being injured in some kind of accident. Common signs of neglect include pressure ulcers (bedsores), dirty clothing, poor personal hygiene, and unkempt living conditions.
- Financial Exploitation — Family members should pay particular attention to the bank accounts of their loved ones after they enter nursing homes. Some staff members may become very close with residents and exploit relationships for financial favors. In some cases, staff members may steal a resident’s debit card to conduct transactions without their permission. Always get answers when there are any large cash withdrawals or sudden changes to estate planning documents. Forged signatures on other kinds of documents can also be a common sign of financial exploitation.
A person will usually have only two years to file a nursing home abuse claim in Connecticut. For this reason, you cannot afford to wait in seeking the help of an attorney.
A nursing home will likely deny any wrongdoing and may attempt to blame your loved one’s injuries or death on their own age. You do not have to accept lackluster investigations that do not produce real results.
Victims of nursing home abuse may be entitled to various forms of compensation for their injuries. You could be awarded damages for all of your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, in addition to other kinds of damages.
Nursing Home Abuse: How Often Does it Happen in Connecticut?
The Connecticut State Department on Aging reported that over 731,000 residents (20 percent of the state’s population) are 60 years of age or older.
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Nursing Home Data Compendium 2015 Edition, there were 182 for-profit nursing homes, 45 non-profit nursing homes, and two government-owned nursing homes in Connecticut in 2014. The Compendium reported that 218 of the 229 nursing homes in 2014 were dually certified for Medicaid and Medicare while 11 facilities were Medicare only.
According to a National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) research brief on abuse of abuse of residents of long-term care facilities, 30 percent of adults with disabilities who used personal assistance service (PAS) for support of activities of daily living reported one or more types of mistreatment by their primary provider. The brief reported that 2011 Bureau of Justice Statistics showed the age-adjusted, serious violent crime victimization rate for persons with disabilities in 2010 was three times the rate of those without disabilities.
The NCEA reported that the National Ombudsman Reporting System (NORS) data showed abuse, gross neglect, or exploitation was involved in 14,258 of approximately 188,599 complaints reported to Ombudsman programs in 2014.
Contact a New Haven Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Today
If your loved one suffered serious injuries or was killed because of nursing home abuse or neglect in Connecticut, you do not want to delay in seeking legal representation. A skilled personal injury lawyer will be able to help you navigate the legal process and fight to hold the negligent party accountable.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers represents clients in communities all over the greater New Haven area and surrounding parts of Connecticut. Call (203) 397-1283 or contact us online to schedule a no cost, no obligation consultation.