Nursing Home Abuse

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Standing Up for Elderly Victims of Nursing Home Negligence - (203) 285-3075

At Sette & Parnoff, we take nursing home abuse and negligence very seriously. When you bring your elderly parent or loved one to a nursing home, you trust that the staff will take good care of them. Although nursing home abuse and negligence is, sadly, a common occurrence, the last thing we want to hear is that our own loved one is a victim of the abuse. Nursing homes have a responsibility to provide safe and effective care and treatment to residents. If they fail to provide this, and cause injury and harm to elderly patients, they may be held liable in court. If your loved one suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home facility, our Hamden personal injury lawyers can diligently represent you as your pursue compensation from those responsible.

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If you even have the slightest suspicion that your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, you should not hesitate to retain legal counsel right away. Call our Hamden nursing home abuse attorneys to find out your legal remedies and how to hold abusive staff accountable. We can conduct a thorough investigation into the matter to see whether doctors, nurses, caregivers, and other staff members acted negligently or abusively.

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Signs of Elder Abuse

Elderly patients often have trouble doing everyday tasks on their own. They also may suffer from injuries and diseases that require medication and regular treatment. That is why many require assistance with eating, using the restroom, moving about, and otherwise taking care of themselves. Because of this, they rely on nursing home staff to care for them. However, research shows that nursing home abuse is a common occurrence. More than 2 million cases of elder abuse are reported each year in the United States. Thus, it is important to pay close attention to the actions and behavior of the nursing staff in your loved one’s nursing home, and to talk honestly with your elderly loved one to detect any signs of abuse.

Common indicators of nursing home abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation include:


  • Bedsores
  • Undiagnosed infections
  • Untreated infections
  • Broken bones
  • Fractured bones
  • Malnutrition
  • Starvation
  • Dehydration
  • Unsanitary living conditions
  • Questionable financial transactions

Abuse is not always physically violent. In fact, the majority of elder abuse cases reported that verbal and emotional maltreatment was the most common form of abuse, followed by financial and physical maltreatment. Nursing home staff who mistreat a resident may be held liable in both civil and criminal lawsuits. If your loved one acts strangely when a certain staff member is around or has told you that they are scared of a certain nursing staff member, this may also be a sign of abuse.

“Chemical Restraint” in Nursing Homes

Intentional overmedication – also known as “chemical restraint” – occurs when nursing home staff uses anxiety medications, antipsychotics, and other psychoactive medications to drug residents into stupors. Why do they do this? Simply for the convenience of the staff members.

By unnecessarily medicating or over-sedating nursing home residents, the staff has less work to do. Residents are less active and require far less attention when they are excessively sedated. However, this is an obvious form of nursing home abuse. Unnecessary or excessive use of antipsychotic and other drugs can lead to serious and permanent mental damage.

Overmedication has been known to lead to:

  • Addiction
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Heart attack
  • Infections
  • Stroke
  • Other serious medical conditions

Know the Signs of Overmedication

Nursing home residents who are being overmedicated show a variety of symptoms you can look for. These include listlessness, lethargy, unexplained fear and anxiety, and decreased speech capacity. Do you think your elderly loved one is being unnecessarily sedated in a nursing home? Pay close attention to your loved one’s physical and mental state to help notice signs of abuse and neglect.

If you do notice any strange or unexplained changes in your loved one’s behavior, it may very well be that the nursing home staff is neglecting or abusing your loved one for their own convenience. You should take immediate action, move your loved one to a safe location or another nursing home, and file a claim. If there were criminal actions involved, a separate criminal case can be pursued on your loved one’s behalf. This can help hold the nursing home staff members accountable for their maltreatment and neglect of patients.

Seeking Justice on Behalf of Your Loved One

At Sette & Parnoff, PC, we fight on behalf of elderly victims of neglect or abuse. If your loved one has shown any of the above signs, or you notice unusual behavior or warning signs from the nursing home staff in charge of caring for your loved one, it is important to get in touch with one of our attorneys. You may have grounds for a nursing home abuse claim, and our Connecticut personal injury team is here to help you. We are passionate about standing up for the elderly and other vulnerable members of our community.

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Before putting your elderly loved one into a nursing home, it is important to conduct a thorough inspection by visiting the home on at least 2 occasions. You should also show up unannounced, and tour the living quarters, bedrooms, restrooms, and kitchen. Furthermore, you should talk with the nursing home managers and staff members to determine what kind of care they are providing. This can help avoid incidents of nursing home abuse or neglect, and make sure your loved one is safe and comfortable.

However, if the nursing home staff have mistreated your loved one, we can help. Our lawyers can help you file a claim so you can seek compensation and justice for your losses. Having a skilled and trusted personal injury attorney on your side can make a great difference in the outcome of a claim. We can tenaciously represent your case in court and walk you through the process.

Please contact our firm at (203) 285-3075. We can travel to your home or the hospital for a FREE consult.


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