New Haven Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys
Neglect is a term that can be broadly applied but as used in relation to nursing home care, typically implies a failure to provide an expected level of care for a resident. Whereas other forms of nursing home abuse may involve a conscious intent to harm an elder, nursing home neglect cases often lack any intentional wrongdoing.
Forms of neglect can be wide-ranging because many nursing home residents can have very different needs. In general, neglect ends up being one of the most common kinds of nursing home abuse because many homes fail to provide a basic level of expected care.
If you believe your loved one has been the victim of neglect in a nursing home in the greater New Haven area, you need to seek legal representation immediately. Contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today to begin to understand what your legal options are.
Our firm will fight to help you recover every dollar of compensation you are entitled to. Call (203) 397-1283 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.
Do I Need A Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer?
You need a nursing home neglect attorney so you can get help exercising your legal rights. A lawyer may be able to independently get important changes made in the facility that ensures your loved one gets the care they are entitled to without the need for a lawsuit.
When cases do appear destined for litigation, then an attorney will help you prepare the strongest case possible. They will be able to do this by conducting their own separate investigation into the neglect, possibly obtaining key evidence relating to staffing schedules or other exhibits that could demonstrate possible neglect.
The insurance company for the nursing home may attempt to offer you a lump sum settlement to resolve your case. You need to know that the offer is probably nowhere near what you are entitled to. You should let a lawyer who has a better understanding of the true value of your case handle all settlement negotiations.
An attorney will help you achieve a full and fair settlement. When necessary, they can file a lawsuit to take your case to trial.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers To Handle My Case?
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers received the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015. Our firm has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients.
Our lawyers offer more than 140 years of combined legal experience. The National Trial Lawyers named Jonathan Perkins one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Mr. Perkins is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut as well as state courts in New York and Connecticut. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Hartford Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Connecticut Bar Association, and Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.
You will not have to worry about paying Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers anything up front because we will handle your case on a contingency fee basis. This means that you only pay legal fees when you actually recover a financial award.
Types of Nursing Home Neglect Cases We Handle
Nursing home neglect takes many forms. In a lot of cases, nursing homes respond to neglect allegations by claiming they were having staffing issues and they pledge to make corrections.
Personal hygiene neglect relates to nursing home residents not receiving the assistance they need with basic personal hygiene needs, such as bathing and grooming. Seeing loved ones in an unkempt state is usually the first sign of possible personal hygiene neglect.
Medical neglect involves a nursing home failing to provide necessary medical care for a resident, including missing medication dosages, ignoring other major issues like bedsores, or not treating minor injuries properly.
Emotional neglect involves a nursing home simply abandoning and ignoring a resident. With emotional neglect, the harm is far more subtle and difficult for others to notice.
Another type of neglect is basic needs neglect, which relates to the failure to provide basic needs like food and water. Family members should always be concerned when there are signs of possible malnourishment.
In general, common signs of neglect include, but are not limited to:
- Poor personal hygiene
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Unexplained injuries
- Lack of mobility
- Psychological issues
- Unpaid bills
Nursing homes can be held liable for their failure to staff properly to care for residents. Most nursing homes are liable for the acts of their employees.
Nursing Home Neglect Statistics
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), a 2010 study found that 47% of participants with dementia had been mistreated by their caregivers. Of them, 29.5 percent experienced neglect.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that neglect is reported in 4.2 percent of older adults in intercommunity settings. For institutional settings, neglect is reported by 11.6 percent of older adults and their proxies, and 12.0 percent of staff.
The article “Elder Abuse in Residential Long-Term Care Settings: What Is Known and What Information Is Needed?” reported that 10 percent, or about 20,000, of the complaints received by ombudsmen during fiscal year 1998 involved allegations of abuse, gross neglect, or exploitation. Only 24 percent of the ombudsmen reported that they made follow-up calls to the state survey agency when a complaint of abuse or neglect had been filed.
In August 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that 85 percent of nursing facilities reported at least one allegation of abuse or neglect. An October 2011 University of California (UC) analysis of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data in 2010 nationwide found nearly 146,000 deficiencies issued to nursing homes for violations of federal regulations “indicating many quality issues in the nation’s nursing homes” and “23 percent of the nation’s nursing facilities received deficiencies for poor quality of care that caused actual harm or jeopardy to residents.”
Contact a Nursing Home Neglect Attorney in New Haven
Do you think that your loved one was the victim of neglect in a nursing home in New Haven or another community in Connecticut? Get Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers on your side as soon as possible.
Our firm is prepared to do whatever we can to help your loved one get justice. We can review your case as soon as you call (203) 397-1283 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.