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Nursing Home Abuse in Connecticut

Frequently Asked Questions

CT Nursing Home Abuse Law FAQs

Nursing home abuse is a despicable problem that has grown more common in the US as the Baby Boomers and their parents grow older. If you or a loved one has experienced nursing home abuse, you need to know your rights. These are some of the frequently asked questions our Connecticut lawyers get about nursing home abuse.

What are signs of nursing home abuse?

It's important to remember that nursing home abuse can be physical or emotional abuse. Physical abuse can take the form of neglect or injuries. Emotional abuse can come from insults, humiliation, threats, or isolation.

Some obvious signs of abuse include:

  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Open wounds, sores, or cuts
  • Burns and abrasions
  • Sudden and unexplained change in weight
  • Soiling, poor hygiene, or smelling of urine or feces
  • Infections
  • Loss of hair
  • Torn, stained, or bloody clothing or bedding

Less obvious signs of abuse include:

  • Listlessness or unresponsiveness
  • Infantile or other strange behaviors
  • Physical or emotional withdrawal
  • The disappearance of personal items
  • Sudden and unusual financial transactions

How do I file a complaint about nursing home abuse in Connecticut?

You must file a nursing home complaint with the Facility Licensing and Investigation Section (FLIS) in Connecticut. Staff at FLIS will investigate and determine appropriate action.

Filing a complaint does not mean you cannot or should not take legal action. Contact a Connecticut lawyer about your nursing home abuse case.

Does the statute of limitations apply in nursing home abuse cases?

Laws and regulations about nursing homes can be very complex. They can vary from state to state and may have Federal implications, too.

It's important to talk to a qualified nursing home abuse lawyer right away. A quick consultation can help you decide how to proceed with your case.

Can I sue for nursing home abuse?

Yes. Elder abuse is a serious problem no matter where it happens. If it is a nursing home abuse case, you can file a lawsuit in your or your family member's name.

How can a Connecticut lawyer help with nursing home abuse?

A qualified nursing home abuse lawyer can help you in many ways. Some things a lawyer in Connecticut can help you with is:

  • Documenting the abuse. Good documentation can strengthen your case if it should go to trial.
  • Getting financial compensation for the abuse. Your Connecticut lawyer can help you get compensation for damages received in nursing home abuse.
  • Holding abusers accountable. Things won't change at a negligent facility if they are not held responsible.

When do I need a lawyer in Connecticut for nursing home abuse?

If you or a loved one has received physical, emotional, or financial damages from nursing home abuse, you should speak with an attorney. Our Connecticut lawyers will work with you to determine the extent of the damages.

Remember, nursing home abuse is a complicated legal situation. You should have proper representation if you suspect you or a loved one has suffered abuse.

How do I choose a Connecticut lawyer to help with a nursing home abuse case?

Choosing an attorney is a decision you must take seriously. You must find one that meets your needs and has the experience to handle your case.

When choosing a nursing home abuse lawyer, you should consider:

  • Experience. You want someone who has successfully litigated cases.
  • Specialization. The attorney should specialize in nursing home abuse.
  • Trust. You should trust the attorney after meeting with them.
  • References. People who have worked with the Connecticut lawyer can offer opinions.
  • Communication. You should only work with an attorney you feel communicates well.

Who will be my nursing home abuse lawyer at Spinella and Associates?

At Spinella and Associates, our team is experienced and can handle nursing home abuse cases. When you select us as your lawyer in Connecticut, you know you get a legal team that will fight for your best interests.

Our lead attorney, Paul Spinella, has more than 40 years of experience. He has successfully prosecuted nursing home claims of all types. His experience in court makes it easier for him to settle cases outside of court, too.

Why do I need a nursing home abuse lawyer from Spinella and Associates?

Lead attorney Paul Spinella's extensive experience as a Connecticut lawyer has covered many cases. He understands state and Federal laws covering nursing homes and nursing home abuse well.

If you or a family member has experienced nursing home abuse, you need a capable attorney. Attorney Spinella will be your advocate and help you through the legal process.

What can I expect from working with a lawyer in Connecticut on a nursing home abuse case?

It's important to remember that nursing home abuse comes in many forms. You may not see or recognize all forms of abuse. With this in mind, when you work with a Connecticut lawyer on a nursing home abuse case, you should expect:

  • An investigation. The attorney will conduct a thorough investigation, which includes interviewing witnesses and former employees. And, the lawyer will examine medical records and records on the nursing home's performance. Finally, the lawyer will research Connecticut nursing home abuse laws.
  • Negotiations. After the investigation, the lawyer helps you file a complaint with the appropriate state agency. Then, the Connecticut lawyer negotiates with the nursing home.
  • Time in court. If negotiations fail, your case may go to court. Your lawyer will present your case to the court to help you get the best verdict for you.

How long does a nursing home abuse case take?

Many factors go into how long a nursing home abuse case can take. But, you should expect it to take at least a year. A lot of work goes into the preparation, negotiations, and trial.

A good attorney will communicate with you throughout the process. Good communication keeps you informed and aware of how your case is proceeding.

How much does a nursing home abuse lawyer cost?

For many, cost is an important consideration when it comes to choosing an attorney. Depending on the case, a nursing home abuse attorney likely will work on a contingency fee, which means you won't pay anything until after the case settles. Then, they collect a percentage of the settlement.

Discuss payment and fees with a potential attorney during the initial consultation. A good attorney will explain the fees at the first meeting, so you know what to expect.