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Nursing Home Abuse in the Hartford Area

 

Nursing homes are entrusted with caring for those who can no longer care for themselves. While the vast majority of nursing homes in Connecticut take this responsibility seriously, there are some that cut corners that can injure residents (or worse). If you have a loved one who has suffered nursing home abuse or that you feel may be endangered or may be having their rights under Connecticut law violated, you may benefit from speaking with a personal injury lawyer with a specialty in nursing home negligence matters such as the team at Polinsky Law Firm in Hartford. Below are some things to keep in mind if you file a personal injury claim against a nursing home.

Victims Rights Under Connecticut Law

Nursing home residents are guaranteed the right to freely file complaints against nursing homes and their staff according the laws in the state statutes. There are several laws in Connecticut that protect the rights of seniors in nursing homes including:

  • Connecticut General Statutes § 19a-550(b)(5), (6) and (20).
  • Connecticut General Statutes § 19a-532. Discrimination against complainants and others prohibited. Penalty.
  • 42 Code of Federal Regulations § 483.10(a)(2), (b)(7) and (f).

Types of Abuse

While there are many different types of abuse, some are more common than others in nursing homes. Some may be obvious such as patient neglect, while others are more subtle and therefore more difficult to detect. The most common types of nursing home abuse in Connecticut are:

  • Neglect ( bed sores, bruising etc. )
  • Confinement to a certain area
  • Emotional or psychological abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Theft

Learn more about the signs of nursing home abuse.

What Should You Do?

If you have suspicions that your loved one is being abused in a nursing home, there are certain steps you should take to ensure their safety and gather evidence to support your claim such as:

  • Speak with your loved one to verify the allegations
  • Document improper living conditions with photos
  • Consider moving the victim to a safer facility
  • Notify the police or Connecticut state attorneys office
  • File a complaint with the Connecticut Department of Health
  • Document improper living conditions with photos

After you file a complaint, the insurance company will most certainly attempt to contact you. It is very important not to speak with any representative from the nursing home’s insurance company without first consulting a personal injury lawyer you trust. It is the job of every insurance adjuster to save their company money. For this reason, they may offer you a settlement to keep the case out of court. While many cases are successfully settled out of court, taking an offer without the advice of counsel usually means you will get far less than your case is worth.

So if you have a loved one who has had their rights violated or has suffered abuse in a nursing home in Hartford or surrounding areas contact an attorney like those at Polinsky Law Firm for advice before proceeding further.

At Polinsky Law Firm we are offer you a free consultation with one of our nursing home abuse attorneys, where will examine your case and give you the best advice on how to proceed. Your attorney will hire investigators, gather evidence, negotiate with the insurance company and prepare and present your entire case on your behalf to get the justice you and your loved one deserves. Having someone to guide you through the difficult legal process involved in every nursing home personal injury case will give you peace of mind. So, take the first step and call (860) 232-9959 or click here to contact us today.

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