On June 21st, 2019, police in North Carolina received a report of elder abuse involving two female residents at a nursing home. An investigation was conducted and what was discovered was disturbing.
According to a police report, the two female residents involved in the abuse are two women who suffer from cognitive disorders. The three women who were ultimately arrested worked at the nursing home and were charged with caring for the 70-year-old and 73-year-old residents.
One at least two occasions, the employees encouraged the two women to fight, going so far as to push them together and film the incidents. They allegedly stood on the sideline cheering them on in the videos.
The three women have been arrested and charged with assault on an individual with a disability.
The nursing home has released a statement saying that they have a zero-tolerance policy for the mistreatment of those in their care.
The sad truth of the matter is that when nursing home abuse and neglect is reported, it’s often caused by an employee of the home. In cases of neglect, the employee may wish they could do more but are put in a precarious situation where the home is severely understaffed.
Abuse, of course, is a choice, a terrible choice.
Nursing homes are responsible for doing in-depth background checks on their employees to ensure that residents are safe from predators. Regular employee reviews and spot checks should be performed to ensure rules are followed and the appropriate care is provided. In addition to this, employees should be provided with the support, tools, and training they need to provide that care.
When a nursing home resident has been neglect or abused they, and their loved ones, have the right to take legal action against those responsible for their pain and suffering.
In many cases, those who have been hurt are able to recover compensation that will allow them to seek the care the deserve.
There are signs that everyone should look out for, including:
Keep in mind that even if your loved one is able to communicate normally, nursing home residents often don’t report their abuse or neglect out of embarrassment and fear. It could be up to you to take the step to get help.
Our legal team has dedicated our careers to protecting the health and rights of nursing home residents. We offer free consultations to those who are interested in learning more about their legal rights.
Don’t hesitate to contact our law firm today to get started. The sooner the abuse or neglect is discovered, the sooner your loved one can begin to heal from the trauma they have endured.
Haberman Law is dedicated to representing the rights of victims of nursing home abuse and neglect.
Many of us turn to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and group homes to provide care for our elderly loved ones.
If you suspect that a loved one was the victim of abuse or neglect in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or group home, contact us.
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