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I was a victim of nursing home abuse – what are my rights?

Common Types of Nursing Home Injuries

Many times, older people choose to move into nursing homes or long-term care facilities to ensure that they are well cared for in the event that they experience any deteriorating physical or mental conditions.

Typically, these facilities provide quality care for their patients. However, there are instances where older people are sometimes physically or psychologically harmed by the negligent or intentional acts of their caregivers. There are many factors that contribute to the abuse or neglect of residents, including: inadequately trained staff; inadequate numbers of staff; the isolation of residents; and, the reluctance of residents to report abuse out of embarrassment or fear.

Legal Options for Nursing Home Injuries

An act of abuse, neglect or exploitation of an older person might give rise to one or all of the following types of proceedings:

  1. An investigation and finding by an adult protective services agency
  2. A civil suit for damages
  3. A criminal prosecution

These three types of proceedings have different objectives. The objective of a protective services investigation is to provide immediate help and relief to the victim and prevent further harm. The goal of a civil action (lawsuit) is to remedy damages, and the criminal prosecution is meant to punish the harmful conduct.

If you or someone you know was injured in a nursing home, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney who can help you select the best legal option.

Contact an experienced nursing home injury attorney

At Polito & Associates, we offer personalized, and attentive service while handling your nursing home injury case. Your case will be handled directly by CT & RI lawyers, Humbert Polito or James Harrington. You will always be able to talk with your lawyer when you need to. We will work hard to hold people and companies responsible for injuries caused by their carelessness.

To schedule a free consultation at Polito & Associates to discuss nursing home injury claim, call 1.860.447.3300.

Sources

http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/reporting-nursing-home-injuries-abuse.html

http://injury.findlaw.com/torts-and-personal-injuries/nursing-home-abuse.html