Bristol Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
One of the many attractions of Bristol, CT, is the beautiful diversity of people of all ages with a great family atmosphere. It is easy to find a place for us to live; however, when you are searching for a safe place for an elderly person, the choice is difficult. A nursing home is no one’s first choice of residence.
There are quite a few nursing home facilities to serve the older and disabled community in Bristol, CT. Many of these nursing homes offer skilled nursing, post-acute care, and inpatient rehab care. When you finally choose a home for your loved one, you are under the assumption that the staff will provide a safe and nurturing environment. But when they don't, you need to find a trustworthy personal injury lawyer fast.
Contact us when you need a CT nursing home abuse lawyer who you can trust – at 888-WIN-FAST.
Gould Injury Law Protects Nursing Home Abuse Victims in Bristol, CT
Connecticut has state and federal laws that apply to nursing home facilities. These rules and regulations are to ensure a safe environment. Mistreatment often goes unnoticed or unreported – by staff, other residents, and relatives.
Some residents are unable to voice their concerns due to health reasons. Other times, they may be scared. If you have a loved one who you feel is suffering from a personal injury due to mistreatment, contact our attorneys experienced in nursing home abuse. Our law firm knows and understands the law and will help you investigate your case.
At Gould Injury Law, we protect your rights and defend them fast. When your loved one suffers a personal injury or worse in a nursing home, call 888-WIN-FAST to have a free consultation over your abuse case and have your rights reserved.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Our injury law team handles many cases of nursing home abuse in CT. We gather evidence that can prove neglect or abuse has occurred in the nursing home and unlawfully harmed or neglected your loved one. Our legal team will get in touch with the nursing home administration and negotiate the best compensation option for your situation.
Common neglect and nursing home abuse cases include:
- Accidental falls
- Fatal errors when administering medications
- Physical and emotional abuse of older people
- Sexual harassment and abuse
- Poor hygiene conditions
- Unexplainable injuries or bruising
- Pressure injuries from illegal bed restraining measures
- Lack of proper nutrition and dehydration
- False imprisonment (includes obstruction of communication with family, friends and medical providers)
- Wrongful death
These are just some of the most common nursing home abuse cases that happen. And in rare cases, personal injuries can result in death due to constant neglect. In the case of wrongful death, you may be eligible for loss of consortium compensation rights.
The State of Connecticut Public Health Administration takes accusations of nursing home abuse and neglect seriously. You should report all concerns of neglect to the nursing home administrator and also report to the authorities.
If you feel your concerns are not being heard and addressed as they should, call our law firm and speak to a nursing home neglect attorney. We know personal injury law and how to use it to protect your rights.
Our legal team will listen to your case and start investigating your negligence or personal injury concerns. We examine every detail, from medical insurance claims to medical records and incident reports. We will also investigate the nursing staff and any previous negative remarks.
Our law firm will represent you in the Connecticut court litigation process. We will work hard and fast to make sure you win the case. We take nursing home neglect cases seriously. Contact us at 888-WIN-FAST to have a free consultation session with any of our nursing home abuse lawyers.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home abuse and neglect may be hard to notice and prove, especially when an older person already suffers from chronic illnesses. However, you may see subtle changes in his or her demeanor and attitude. Your loved one may even stop eating or act out in anger. Often, these are subtle signs. Any signs of abuse must be reported as soon as possible.
If you feel your loved one is not getting the care he or she deserves, you may need legal counseling from an attorney. Our legal team will help search deeper for less apparent nursing home neglect and abuse.
Signs of abuse in nursing homes may include:
Bruises – Some medications and medical conditions may cause bruising. However, if you see bruises in unusual places, this may be a sign of unnecessary violence or neglect by the staff or other residents.
Fractures – Because the elderly often have bone density issues, broken bones become more common with age. However, the nursing home should have safety measures in place to safeguard fall risks that could result in broken bones. If a fracture is in a less common area of the body, it could be a sign of abuse and could be cause for a personal injury claim.
Behavior changes – Some people become more emotional or indifferent as they get older. But, if you notice a sudden change in your loved one’s demeanor, it could be a sign of emotional abuse. You should act fast and call our lawyers to retain legal representation.
Neglected hygiene – Everyone deserves to be clean and comfortable. If you find a nursing home resident in poor hygiene conditions, with soiled undergarments, soiled bedding, and clothes, this may imply a neglect case. Document each time you find him or her in these conditions and reach out to our team and speak to an attorney.
Lack of proper nutrition and abnormal weight loss – Nursing home residents may suffer weight loss, especially if they suffer from specific illnesses. However, an unexpected weight loss can reveal a neglect case. If you feel your loved one is not getting proper nutrition or is experiencing abnormal weight loss, first speak to his or her primary care physician. Then contact our attorneys.
Dehydration – While residing in a nursing home, the personnel are accountable for ensuring proper hydration throughout the day. Dehydration could become a fatal situation if it persists for more than a few days. At Gould Injury Law, we know how to distinguish physical dehydration as proof of nursing home neglect. Let us help you determine if you think you may have a neglect or abuse claim.
Ulcers and bedsores – Many residents of nursing homes are unable to move on their own. The staff should be manually turning your loved one to help prevent bedsores. Often, this does not happen enough.
Most nursing homes in Connecticut respect the residents’ rights and choices to move around freely if they are able. However, too much leniency may result in allowing the resident to lay or sit too long in a single position which may lead to skin ulcers. Skin ulcers and bedsores are harmful to health and can lead to secondary infections.
If the resident suffers from ulcers and bedsores, you may need the help of our attorneys to file a claim against the nursing home administration. We can help you fight for his or her rights.
Don't Waste Time – Act Fast to File your Connecticut Nursing Home Abuse Claim
When a member of your family is abused or neglected in one of Bristol’s nursing homes, you do not have time to waste. Our attorneys will act fast to help you get the settlement your family deserves. Many times, cases like these typically settle out of court. But we will be ready if a lawsuit becomes necessary.
We know your loved one deserves to spend life being treated with dignity and quality care. Let us help his or her voice be heard. Call our law firm at 888-WIN-FAST. We will stand by you with experience you can count on so you can get your compensation.