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NURSING HOME NEGLECT – In the News

On August 11, 2013, the Carroll County Times ran an article about nursing home neglect. It stated that neglect or abuse occurs in nearly one of three nursing homes in the USA each day, referencing a Congressional report released in 2012.

Nursing home abuse, as defined by federal law, is the intentional infliction of injury; it is assault and battery. Types of nursing home abuse include physical abuse, sexual abuse, use of unnecessary restraints, deprivation of food and water, and administering of medications that were not prescribed for the patient. Nursing home neglect involves the failing to provide adequate food, toileting, medical care, or supervision, and is intentional.

Both nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect are crimes. If you suspect nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect, it must be reported to the police within three days of learning of the crime.

Additionally, you should contact a personal injury lawyer in Connecticut who is experienced in dealing with cases of nursing home abuse/neglect, such as Connecticut personal injury lawyer Paul James Garlasco. An experienced personal injury lawyer will know the appropriate steps to take, including, but not limited to collecting evidence to document the abuse. For example, friends and family can photograph injuries caused by the alleged abuse and/or neglect.