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Negligence or Abuse Claims for Other Connecticut Nursing Home Injuries

At Tooher Wocl & Leydon, LLC, our attorneys investigate and present claims for injuries resulting from any form of abuse and neglect at Connecticut nursing homes. The cases we handle involve pressure sores, fractures caused by falls, and some of the less frequently encountered situations such as elopement, medication errors or physical assault. If you need to learn about your family's legal rights concerning negligence or abuse at a nursing home, contact us in Stamford or Bridgeport for a free consultation.

Our AV Preeminent* litigation practice serves the needs of clients throughout Connecticut when under-staffing, inadequate training, poor supervision or regulatory violations lead to the serious injury or death of someone who depends on others for assistance with the activities of daily life. The elderly, the immobile and the disabled are particularly vulnerable to the consequences of negligent or abusive treatment in residential care.

As part of this practice, we handle claims involving bedsores, falls and several other examples of abuse or neglect, including:

  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional or psychological abuse
  • Unattended wandering
  • Medication errors, including intentional overmedication to make a patient easier to manage
  • Sexual assault

Nursing Home 'Never Events'

In October 2008, the federal government's Medicare program stopped reimbursing nursing homes and hospitals for the treatment of certain medical conditions and resulting complications, unless the conditions were present upon the patient's admission to the facility. These conditions have been termed "never events." In the nursing home context, never events are errors in patient care that are clearly identifiable, preventable and serious in their consequences for patients.

  • Stage Three or Four pressure ulcers or bed sores acquired after admission to a nursing home
  • Death or serious injury resulting from a nursing home fall
  • Death or serious injury associated with patient elopement (disappearance) for more than four hours.
  • Death or serious injury associated with a medication error
  • Death or serious injury associated with the use of restraints or bed rails while being cared for in a health care facility
  • Sexual assault on a patient within a nursing home or on its grounds

Understanding Corporate and Contractual Relationships in Nursing Homes

In many cases of nursing home abuse or neglect, it will be just as great a challenge to identify and define the corporate and contractual issues that bear upon your right to compensation as it will be to prove liability against one or more defendants. In recent years, the trend toward corporate ownership and chain operation has accelerated in the nursing home industry.

Today, about 70 percent of all nursing homes are owned by corporations operating them for profit. Unsafe patient conditions are 42 percent more likely to be found in facilities under corporate operation, with the five largest nursing home corporations responsible for a disproportionately high share of violations and complaints.

Our experience with complex personal injury and wrongful death litigation enables us to trace lines of accountability through corporate organizational structures, complicated insurance coverage and independent contractor or consulting arrangements in nursing home management and staff. When you work with Tooher Wocl & Leydon, LLC, there is no need to be intimidated by the prospect of complex tort litigation against a major corporation.

For a free consultation about the best ways to pursue your family's right to compensation in cases of nursing home abuse or neglect in Connecticut, contact us in Stamford or Bridgeport.

We represent clients statewide and handle nursing home abuse and neglect cases on a contingency basis. There are no legal fees to pay unless we win.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.