A recent incident of nursing home abuse in
A recent trial verdict awarded $7.75 million in compensatory and punitive damages to a family of Maria Arellano, a 71-year-old nursing home patient who had been severely abused by a nursing home employee. The facility where the victim resided, the
Ms. Arellano had previously suffered a stroke that left her unable to verbally communicate. Her family members noticed she had bruises that could not be explained. After nothing was done in response to the family members' report to the facility management, they decided to place a hidden camera next to Ms. Arellano's bed. This revealed egregious abusive behavior, including pulling her by the hair, slapping her, bending her fingers, neck, and wrists, and treating her violently in general. Based on what was shown in the hidden camera video, the family filed a lawsuit and won the large verdict. The nursing home employee also pled no contest to criminal battery charges and is no longer working in the nursing home industry.
While one abusive employee does not necessarily mean that an entire facility is abusive towards its residents, it highlights a very important problem in discovering elder abuse: many victims are incapable of reporting the abuse themselves. This means that it is often up to the resident's family members to visit frequently and monitor their loved ones' health, and we encourage you to frequently check on your loved one and look for anything that might be amiss. If you have noticed a change in your loved one's physical or emotional condition and believe that your loved one might be a victim of elder abuse or neglect, we are here to help. Contact The Casiano Law Firm for a confidential consultation.