Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Serving Stamford, Danbury, Bridgeport, Shelton and all of Connecticut
If you or a loved one has been neglected or abused while in the care of a nursing home or home health service, the Connecticut nursing home negligence attorneys at Berkowitz and Hanna LLC can help. We will assist in ending the abuse and providing aggressive yet compassionate legal representation, so that you and your family can obtain fair compensation for the injuries.
You trusted the nursing home or home healthcare service with either your own health and safety, or that of a close family member. You may not have had the time, energy, or expertise to provide the proper care yourself, and the trust that you gave to a professional healthcare organization was violated because of intentional or negligent acts, leading to injuries – possibly even death.
If you suspect that you or your loved was neglected or mistreated while being cared for by a nursing home or home health provider, consult with an experienced nursing home negligence attorney. Even if you are unsure if abuse has occurred, you can talk to one of our qualified legal professionals to see if further investigation is needed.
Statistics on Elder Abuse
The National Center on Elder Abuse has chilling statistics on the seriousness of elder abuse and how common it has become in long-term care facilities:
- Nearly a third of nursing homes were cited for violations of federal standards; these violations had the potential to cause harm or actually caused harm to a resident during 1999-2001.
- Nearly 10% of homes had violations that caused residents harm, serious injury, or placed them at risk of death.
- In 2,000 interviews of nursing home residents, 44% stated they had been abused and 95% said they had been neglected or seen another resident neglected.
- In one study, over half of nursing home staff admitted to mistreating older patients (including physical violence, mental abuse, or neglect) within the prior year. Two-thirds of those incidents involved neglect.
- A survey of certified nursing assistants revealed that 17% had pushed, grabbed. or shoved a nursing home resident, 51% reported that they had yelled at a resident, and 23% had insulted or sworn at a resident.
- The types of complaints of abuse at nursing homes included: physical, psychological, and sexual abuse, as well as financial exploitation and gross neglect.
Why Mistreatment Usually Happens
Operating a nursing home can be a very high-volume, low-margin business. Because the general population is getting older, there is more demand for nursing home services. At the same time, reimbursements for their services are shrinking. This can create an atmosphere where neglect and abuse can become an everyday occurrence.
For example, when operators are seeking to lower their costs, they will often cut the maintenance and repair budget, and the staff levels will be stretched to the maximum as lower-paid employees are asked to do more and more. Hence, the work is cheaper, but the quality of care is lower. The operator may also be hesitant to spend time and resources to properly train employees. Additionally, if supervisors are overworked, they may not properly watch over those for whom they are responsible. If things continue to degrade, they may end up with a high turnover of staff. It is possible in these situations that operators will be desperate to hire, avoiding proper backgrounds checks, which could ultimately lead to uncompassionate individuals providing you or your loved one with care. In the most extreme cases, medical records may even be falsified to try to cover up the fact that necessary care was never actually performed.
Consequences of Neglect
The attorneys at Berkowitz and Hanna LLC can help you and your family seek compensation for the pain and suffering endured in cases involving one or more of the following:
- Bedsores and ulcers (decubitus ulcers)
- Bone fractures
- Slips and falls
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Medication errors
- Failure to monitor
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Wrongful death
Signs of neglect and abuse you need to look out for include sudden changes in behavior, mood swings, a refusal to take visitors, and nervous behavior. Additionally, keep an eye out for physical manifestations of abuse, including bedsores, unexplained bruises or broken bones, and significant weight loss. It is important to be able to recognize these signs quickly, and to confront the problem.
Contact Berkowitz and Hanna LLC to Discuss Your Nursing Home Abuse Case
When elder abuse occurs, those responsible should be held accountable for their actions. The medical malpractice attorneys at Berkowitz and Hanna LLC will fight aggressively to ensure you and your family obtain justice and fair compensation for the injuries suffered by you or a family member.
If you suspect your loved one has been mistreated, contact the experienced Connecticut elder abuse attorneys at Berkowitz and Hanna LLC for compassionate and committed legal representation. We will conduct a thorough investigation and fight aggressively to obtain justice for you and your loved one. Call us today at (866) 479-7909 or click here to request a free consultation.