Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing Home Negligence: What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones
As we age, we become more vulnerable. Instead of helping and protecting others, we ourselves often require the assistance of others to live a happy and secure life.
Unfortunately, nursing homes don’t always live up to their mandate to provide safe living spaces for older people. In a time where the COVID-19 pandemic has made life exceptionally dangerous for some of our most vulnerable populations, this kind of nursing home negligence has become extremely dangerous.
Fortunately, Connecticut state law offers residents some strong legal protections against injuries or death resulting from nursing home negligence.
The Laws Governing Nursing Home Negligence
Connecticut nursing home residents have the right to be cared for in a manner that is free of abuse and neglect. They also have the right to live in a facility that meets statewide guidelines for safe operations and reaches a standard of care that is consistent with best practices.
Connecticut also has codified a variety of rights outlined in the state’s Patient Bill of Rights. This law establishes legal rules that nursing homes and other care facilities must follow when treating or caring for patients and residents. Failing to adhere to these laws can open a facility up to legal liability under state law.
While many nursing homes operate with good intentions, some simply fail to meet legal and ethical standards for the treatment of their residents.
Common Forms of Nursing Home Negligence
Some of the most frequent forms of nursing home negligence include:
- Allowing residents to be malnourished
- Mistreating residents, whether through physical or mental abuse or neglect
- Failing to prevent residents from wandering off the premises
- Failing to provide timely medical care
- Failing to prevent sexual abuse, whether from caregivers or other patients
In today’s world, negligence may also include failing to take sufficient precautions to protect nursing home residents from COVID-19. As we’ve seen in the recent months, nursing homes have become an epicenter of infections and death within the United States. The challenge of protecting elderly residents living in close quarters is an urgent one.
A facility that knowingly allows close contact with people suspected of being ill — or fails to provide the necessary cleanliness, sanitation, hygiene products etc. — may be at risk of a lawsuit alleging nursing home negligence. Contacting an experienced attorney is the first step in moving a negligence case forward.
Finding the Right Nursing Home Negligence Attorney
If you have been affected by nursing home negligence — or someone you love has been victimized or is currently at risk — it’s vitally important to seek legal help. A lawyer with specific experience in Connecticut state law can help use the power of state statutes to ensure that justice is served.
At Brickley Law, we have significant experience with these laws. We also make it a priority to treat each case with compassion and sensitivity.
If you need legal assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us for a free legal consultation today.
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