When many Connecticut residents hear the word 'abuse' in the context of another person being 'abused,' they usually think about an active, physical act. Punching or hitting someone, for example, may be the kind of abuse most often pictured. While these kinds of overt acts certainly are abuse in most circumstance, there are other, more insidious forms of abuse that exist, and these may be more prevalent, especially when dealing with vulnerable populations such as the elderly.
This blog has talked about the many facets of medical malpractice cases in Connecticut. We've discussed the basics of negligence and how professional negligence standards differ from the normal ones. We've touched on some of the procedural requirements for filing a medical malpractice claim in Connecticut, including getting a medical opinion letter by a similar practitioner before filing the case. We've also pointed out that, many times, the results of medical malpractice can be devastating to victims in terms of increased medical costs, as well as increased pain and suffering.
As previously discussed in this blog, medical mistakes can lead to dire consequences for its victims and their families. When healthcare professionals do not meet the accepted standard of care while treating a patient, the result can be unnecessary medical expenses and longer hospital stays, as well as disability or even death. For these reasons, Connecticut takes the issue of medical malpractice very seriously.
Recently, this blog discussed some of the most common causes of so-called 'slip and fall' accidents on Connecticut properties. Between items left on the floor of businesses to poor lighting or wet or icy surfaces, there is no shortage of things that can cause a fall that lead to an injury. However, the mere fact of a fall occurring does not necessarily mean a property owner will be liable for it. One of the main questions to be answered in such cases is whether the property owner was at fault for the incident.
This blog has talked about the fact that individuals who enter into property owned by another as an invitee or licensee are owed a duty by the property owner regarding the safety of the premises. This means making sure that reasonably foreseeable causes for injury are removed or warned about. When this doesn't happen and a person is hurt on the property, the owner may end up being liable for the injuries. But what commonly might cause this to occur?
Being in a car accident is no fun. Even if the individual involved feels he or she came out OK, there's the after effects of the adrenaline that no doubt flooded the person's bloodstream, not to mention the possible need to repair or replace the vehicle. Then, the realization may hit that it also means having to deal with an insurance company and possibly even the court system. It may sometimes seem like it'd be better, assuming the vehicle is still operational, to drive off and try to forget it happened. There are however, several reasons that make this course of action a bad idea in most cases.
As we mentioned a couple weeks ago, travel on Connecticut's roadways tends to increase around the winter holidays. The weeks between Christmas and New Year's Day generally find heavy traffic on the highways that transect the state, as well as in urban areas like Bridgeport. Unfortunately, this, coupled with the penchant for residents to be going to and from parties where alcohol is served during this time period, as well as the often inclement winter weather the state experiences, can contribute to a rise in serious accidents. The results of these crashes can be serious, with injuries and death as potential consequences.
Everyone knows the population of the United States is aging. Entire news cycles are spent regaling us with statistics and projections of Connecticut's and the remainder of the country's recent penchant for 'greying.' Because of this, in both political and legal circles, the issues that affect older people are becoming more and more visible and important. One of these is the abuse and neglect of people living in long-term care facilities or nursing homes.
As a society, we can often accomplish more collectively than we can individually. Utilizing a wide range of organizational tools, modern civilizations create entities responsible for helping maintain the health, comfort and well-being of their citizens, from police forces to trash collection to regulatory agencies that ensure air and water quality. Connecticut, like most states, has state departments that are tasked with regulating long-term care facilities and nursing homes. One of the facets of this is inspecting institutions, surveying patients, and investigating reports of abuse.
It has been a much-remarked-on fact recently that the population of the United States is growing older. Due to the so-called 'baby boom' generation reaching retirement age, the age-based demographic pyramid is becoming top-heavy. As a result, social issues that affect the older population are becoming more prevalent in the national consciousness. One of these is the looming specter of nursing home abuse.