Earlier this month in Denver, Colorado, a man was convicted by a jury of sexually molesting two elderly female nursing home residents. According to a report by one local news source, the 42-year-old man was found guilty of two counts of the felony charge of sexual assault on an at-risk adult and one count of unlawful sexual conduct on an at-risk adult.
Evidently, the first instance of abuse took place at the Broomfield Skilled Nursing Center during the week of July 10, and then again with another patient on August 14. During the trial, the jury heard a tape of the man speaking to his fiancée, where he admitted to her what he had done and told her that he felt he deserved to be punished for it. In addition, both of the victims testified against him at trial.
The man, while found guilty earlier this month, will not be sentenced until January 2015.
Sexual Assault in Nursing Homes
Unfortunately, this kind of sexual abuse is not unusual in the nursing home setting. Each year, we see hundreds of instances of sexual abuse in nursing homes. Most often, the abused residents are those who do not have a lot of contacts or family members outside the nursing home, or they have infrequent contact with the relatives whom they do have.
In other cases, the person engaging in the assault specifically selects certain victims who have a difficult time communicating or have such an advanced stage of illness that they cannot inform others of what has happened to them. It is therefore very important to take any report of abuse seriously when made by a nursing home resident.
Recovering in Nursing Home Abuse Cases
Since nursing homes accept patients for a fee, they have a duty to provide adequate care to all their residents. Included in this, of course, is the duty to keep residents free from abuse while they are staying in the nursing home. However, the duty doesn’t stop there. Nursing homes must provide adequate care to their residents.
When nursing home management fails to live up to this duty, it may be held responsible for any injuries that occur as a result of any abuse or negligence.
Is Your Loved One at Risk in a Maryland Nursing Home?
If you currently have a loved one in a Maryland nursing home, and you believe that he or she is at risk of being abused or neglected, you should do everything you can to make sure that your relative is safe by removing him or her from that environment. Once you have ensured that your loved one is out of danger, contact a dedicated Maryland nursing home abuse attorney to discuss the possibility of bringing a lawsuit against the abusive employees and the management of the nursing home. The attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, have years of experience working with nursing home abuse victims and know what it takes to recover for their clients. Call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free initial consultation.
See More Blog Posts:
Nursing Home Fire in Maine Forces Evacuation of 22 Residents, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published October 8, 2014.
Elderly Woman Killed in Nursing Home Accident, Family Settles Suit, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published November 13, 2014.