What Is Nursing Home Abuse?

Some of the most vulnerable people in our society are the elderly. Their advanced age often brings many different physical and mental ailments that can make them susceptible to being taken advantage of. Sometimes, this occurs in a place that should be a safe haven for seniors — nursing homes or elder care facilities. Nursing home abuse is a far-too-common problem in Connecticut that unfairly targets those who may not be able to help themselves. If you have a loved one living in a nursing home that might have suffered abuse, you may not know exactly what it is or how to recognize it, but the following information may answer some of your questions.

First, there are different forms that abuse can take. The most obvious is physical, sexual or mental abuse that the senior has inflicted on them by a nursing home employee. Another type of abuse occurs when a person takes advantage of the senior financially, misusing their money or property.

Patients should never be restrained as a punishment or for a staffer’s benefit, by physical means or with drugs. Seniors should also not have to fear staff or feel disrespected by them.

Those who feel that they or someone they care for has been a victim of nursing home abuse may decide to file a civil claim against those who perpetrated the abuse. Different states have different requirements for filing a claim of this type.

If you are considering making a claim of nursing home abuse, it might be helpful to know the applicable laws regarding these types of suits. Here in Connecticut, such a claim could be useful in seeking monetary damages that might be helpful in covering any medical expenses, funeral costs or other financial damages that might be associated with an abusive environment. Doing so may offer your family a way to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

Source: injury.findlaw.com, “Get Legal Help with a Nursing Home Abuse Issue,” July 27, 2014

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