New Haven Nursing Home Physical Abuse Attorneys
When it comes to nursing home abuse, physical abuse is a form of abuse that usually offers some telling signs that it has occurred. In many cases, negligent nursing homes pass off bruises and other signs of injury as being the result of some kind of innocent error such as a fall.
Many nursing home residents are fearful about telling their loved ones about any abuse they have endured, so it is often important for families to pay close attention to their loved one’s condition and report any suspected abuse to a state agency. Filing a complaint against a nursing home can be a very stressful experience and many nursing homes deny liability and claim injuries are the result of a resident’s own negligence.
Do you think that your loved one has been the victim of physical abuse in a nursing home in the greater New Haven area? You will want to retain legal counsel so you can make sure that all of the necessary steps are taken to help you get justice.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can fight to help you recover as much compensation as possible. We can advise you of all of your legal options when you call (203) 397-1283 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
Do I Need A Nursing Home Physical Abuse Lawyer?
Your own feelings about possible nursing home physical abuse may be based on certain kinds of injuries or other factors for which you believe you have evidence of abuse, but it can be far more complicated to prove actual abuse occurred. It will be important for you to have an independent investigation performed into your abuse case, and an attorney is going to be able to do that for you.
A lawyer will be able to determine when the abuse occurred and collect all of the relevant evidence needed to prove your claims. More importantly, the attorney can also help identify every single liable party.
State agencies may be of assistance in investigating allegations of nursing home abuse, but these investigations can take significant time and may not provide as much transparency as people hope for. When you have a lawyer handling your case, you will be kept updated on every development and will not feel left out of the loop.
More importantly, an attorney is going to be able to handle all of your settlement negotiations so you will not have to worry about saying anything that potentially damages your claim. If a suitable settlement cannot be negotiated, then the lawyer can file a lawsuit to take your case to trial.
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 have a record of success that includes $500,000 recovered for the family of an 87-year-old man who died after wandering away from the facility at which he lived.
Our attorneys have over 140 years of combined legal experience. Jonathan Perkins was named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Mr. Perkins is a member of the Hartford Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Connecticut Bar Association, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and American Bar Association. He is admitted to state courts in New York and Connecticut as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers also represents all clients on a contingency fee basis, so you pay nothing until you receive a monetary award. Call (203) 397-1283 or contact us online today to get your no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
Types of Nursing Home Physical Abuse Cases We Handle
Physical abuse in a nursing home can take many forms. The most common kind of physical abuse is generally referred to as active abuse, and this includes common forms of physical abuse such as punching, slapping, biting, shoving, kicking, or scratching residents.
Another type of physical abuse in nursing home cases could include the inappropriate use of restraints, which is often a violation of federal nursing home regulations. Restraints are supposed to be used for medical reasons, but some nursing homes apply them more as a matter of disciplining supposedly-difficult residents.
Residents can be injured during unlawful restraint episodes when they are twisting their bodies to escape the restraints and some victims may fall off of tables. In other cases, people with restraints applied for long periods of time may experience reductions in muscle tone or bone mass.
Physical abuse can also include threats of violence. When an employee or another party threatens a resident with a weapon or acts of violence, it can also constitute physical abuse.
Nursing Home Physical Abuse Statistics
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) reported that a comprehensive review article found the prevalence of elder abuse to be approximately 10 percent including physical abuse, psychological or verbal abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect.
Another study found that among respondents, 9 percent of victims reported verbal mistreatment, 3.5 percent reported financial mistreatment, and less than 1 percent reported physical mistreatment.
According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), approximately 1 in 10 Americans 60 years of age or older have experienced some form of elder abuse. Another study estimated that only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.
The article “Elder Abuse in Residential Long-Term Care Settings: What Is Known and What Information Is Needed?” reported that a 1987 survey of 577 nursing home staff members from 31 facilities found that 36 percent had witnessed at least one incident of physical abuse during the preceding 12 months. Furthermore, 10 percent of the staff members surveyed reported they had committed the acts themselves.
Contact a Nursing Home Physical Abuse Attorney in New Haven
If your loved one has been the victim of physical abuse in a nursing home in New Haven or a surrounding area of Connecticut, do not waste any time in seeking legal representation. You will need to speak with Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers as soon as possible.
Our firm will aggressively fight to make sure that your loved one is fairly compensated for all of the harm they have endured. Call (203) 397-1283 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.