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Patients hit, punched in case of nursing home neglect and abuse

Two employees are facing criminal charges and several others are out of jobs due to allegations of serious and ongoing abuse in an out-of-state nursing home. Nursing home neglect and abuse is a severe and ongoing problem for many California elders. While criminal charges might address some aspects of the emotional damages related to neglect and abuse, additional action is often necessary for victims to recover financial compensation.

Much of the abuse was actually captured on hidden cameras that were installed following one woman's concern over her father's unexplained injuries. Documents from the resulting police investigation paint a disturbing picture of what transpired behind the closed doors of the nursing home facility. In one incident, a towel was thrown at an elderly patient who suffered from cognitive impairment. The 82-year-old woman tossed the towel back to the employee who then rolled it into a ball and threw it directly into the resident's face.

The abuse affected many other residents as well, including the forced removal of a glass of water from a patient who was crying. Another patient was forcefully jerked around and subjected to punches in both the stomach and chest areas. Perhaps most upsetting about these situations concerns the employees who witnessed ongoing and regular instances of abuse and yet failed to act, neither intervening nor reporting the problems to the proper authorities.

After living long, full lives, elderly individuals in California deserve dignity and respect in the last years of their lives. Nursing home neglect and abuse of elders can deny these patients their dignity, inflict serious physical injuries and leave them with long-lasting emotional scars. Because of this, many family members seek to help their loved ones by filing personal injury claims on their behalves. When successfully navigated to completion, these claims can achieve compensation necessary for treating damages related to the abuse.

Source: startribune.com, "New Hope nursing home cited for brutal assaults caught on video", Chris Serres, March 18, 2016

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