If you have any of your loved ones in a nursing home, you might know a little about nursing home neglect and its legalities. It is of prime importance that the nursing home provides good care and treatment to each resident, whatever the condition they are in. If there is any negligence on the part of the nursing home, you can contact a law firm to get legal help.
The Connell Law Firm is a dedicated firm keen on providing legal support to anyone who is facing abuse at the nursing home. Contact for a no-cost consultation to discuss what you are facing and how to take action against nursing home neglect.
Cases Handled by Connell Law Firm
There can be a number of situations that would necessitate help from us. Connell Law Firm represents elderly clients and their families who face any of the following issues.
- Financial abuse and exploitation
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Emotional, psychological, and physical abuse and neglect
- Pressure sores, bedsores, decubitus ulcers, infections
- Inappropriate use of chemical or physical restraints
- Dislocations, falls, fractures
- Financial abuse and exploitation
- Medication and prescription errors
- Inadequate staffing, training, and negligence in supervision
Why Does Nursing Home Abuse Happen?
There can be many factors that lead to abuses in nursing homes. One main factor is the poorly qualified staff who may not have the proper training to take care of the patients. There are nursing homes with very few employees or employees with a history of violence, making matters worse. Other factors identified are isolation of residents and reluctance shown by the residents to take legal action against the nursing home due to fear or embarrassment.
Proceeding Legally Against Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
You can file a case against a nursing home and receive damages if:
- The employees or the owner of the nursing home breached a duty of care owed to the person who is injured
- This breach caused the person’s injury
- The conduct of the employees or the owner of the nursing home caused the injury.
Nursing Home Neglects Supervision And Care
The nursing home must protect the patients from self-injury, especially from their physical conditions and impairments. The staff has a legal duty to provide reasonable care to avoid such injuries by taking precautions to protect patients who cannot care for themselves.
Negligence for Faulty Equipment
All the equipment in a nursing home, like beds and wheelchairs, has to be kept in proper working condition, and the areas like hallways and staircases have to be well maintained. The residents have to be ensured the best of facilities and equipment at all times.
The nursing home may be liable if it knows special facts but failed to respond to those in the right way. For example, if there is a resident who is known to have violent behavior, then the nursing home should take proper measures to protect other residents and supervise the violent person.
Elder Abuse and Neglect
If any kind of wrongdoing or neglect happens in a nursing home, elder abuse and neglect must be reported to Adult Protective Services. Adult Protective Services must first investigate the case, and it should give a written Report Elder Abuse & Neglect for the occurrence. During the investigation period, we would get the relevant information and evidence for your case and communicate with Adult Protective Services on your behalf.
In some cases, Adult Protective Services can provide justice to the nursing home resident who was abused. If Adult Protective Services finds out that abuse has happened, the victim will be given services like transportation, counseling, medical assistance, help with money management, and even relocating the resident to a different residential setting if needed.
When Can You Proceed With Legal Action?
If even after working with Adult Protective Services, the victim’s family feels that the compensation is inadequate or unsatisfied with the proceedings, they can move against the nursing home for negligence.
Connell Law Firm ensures that the victim and their loved ones who have suffered injury or death due to nursing home abuse get justice at any cost. Our lawyers make it a point to find the critical evidence and work hard to ensure that the victim receives the maximum compensation available under the nursing home neglect laws.