New Haven Nursing Home Sexual Abuse Lawyer
When you take the difficult step to put your family member or loved one in the full-time care of a nursing facility, you expect that they will treat them with the same sensitivity you would. That’s why it’s especially devastating to learn someone you love has been sexually abused at a nursing home. You don’t have to go through it alone and fight the nursing home by yourself. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, there are experienced nursing home sexual abuse lawyers who can help.
Once you have made sure your family member is safe, you should know there are legal steps you can take to help hold the nursing home responsible for their employee’s or resident’s wrongdoing. You don’t have to accept their negligence. Providing a safe and healthy environment for the people under their care is not just what you pay the nursing home to do, it’s their legal and ethical responsibility.
Sexual Abuse in Connecticut Nursing Homes
As recent reporting has shown, sexual abuse in nursing homes is all too common. Local news outlets have reported about shocking cases of rape by the very caregivers paid to keep their victims safe. Connecticut is not alone in this problem. This is just one of many such cases. In fact, the United States Senate held hearings on the subject in March of 2019. In 2017, CNN found that there were over 1,000 federal citations for mishandling or failing to prevent sexual abused between 2013 and 2016.
These unacceptable figures represent only the situations in which the abuse was discovered. Unfortunately, sexual abusers choose their nursing home victims precisely because they can’t effectively advocate for themselves. That why it’s crucial that you seek legal representation as soon as you discover your loved one has been the victim of a sexual crime like rape or assault.
What Can a Lawyer Do for You?
When you discover the sexual abuse, you might think that the best thing to do is to report the problem to the nursing home. Unfortunately, these facilities often look out for their bottom line instead of the welfare of your loved one. They may deny the sexual abuse and wrongdoing altogether and blame the report on your loved one’s age or disability. That’s why you need to have experienced legal representation on your side.
Once you hire a lawyer, they can file a nursing home abuse claim on your behalf. They will investigate your family member’s injuries and take the steps necessary to prove the nursing home’s negligence. This may include hiring experts to help establish the facts of the sexual abuse. When you hire Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, you can trust that our compassionate Connecticut nursing home lawyers will work with professionalism and sensitivity.
You may be entitled to compensation for your loved one’s injuries. These damages may include the cost of their past and future medical treatment related to the sexual abuse, compensation for their pain and suffering, and your lost wages. Be sure to keep all of the documents you receive from the nursing home and your insurance company. These will help your lawyer establish the extent of the damages you and your loved one deserve.
Unfortunately, you have only two years after you discover the sexual abuse to file a claim against the nursing home. If you exceed the two-year statute of limitations in Connecticut, you may not be able to receive the financial compensation you, your loved one, and your family are entitled to. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we will ensure that you meet the deadline and do everything necessary to hold the nursing home responsible for their disregard of your loved one.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Signs of Nursing Home Sexual Abuse?
If your family member is not able to talk to you about their experiences, but you suspect sexual abuse, you may need to look for physical signs. Commonly, sexual abuse is discovered when your loved one is diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Genital bruising, bleeding, infection, and torn underwear may also be signs of sexual abuse. If your loved one can’t testify to their sexual abuse, you need the help of experienced lawyers to prove it.
What Happens if I Discover the Sexual Abuse Too Late?
The two-year statute of limitations begins only after sexual abuse is discovered. In other words, if you find out that your loved one was sexually abused a year after the sexual abuse occurred, you still have two years to file your claim.
Contact a lawyer as soon as possible to begin the process. If your loved one has died and you wish to pursue a wrongful death claim, the case must begin two years from the date of death.
Should I Report Sexual Abuse to the Authorities?
Absolutely. You should tell Adult Protective Services about nursing home sexual abuse as soon as you discover it to help protect your loved one. Sexual abuse is a crime, and the abuser may be prosecuted as a criminal. Your report will also help other people under the nursing home’s care.
All nursing home employees and medical caregivers are required to report suspicions of sexual abuse. When you hire a nursing home abuse lawyer, they can help you understand the legal options available to you apart from criminal prosecution.
What if I Can’t Pay?
We can start your case for you today, and it won’t cost you anything. We’ll begin with a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. Once we’ve discussed your case and you decide to move forward, you still won’t pay us. The nursing home abuse lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This system allows you to hire us without paying anything because we’re only paid if and when you are.
How Can Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers Help?
You don’t have to face the nursing home and their insurance company alone. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, our personal injury lawyers will go above and beyond to make you comfortable. It’s what you and your family deserve.
Contact our New Haven nursing home sexual abuse lawyers now for a free and confidential consultation. We are always available, 24/7. Call (203) 397-1283 or fill out our contact form to begin the process to take back your family member’s dignity now.