Personal injury lawyer Meghan Hull Jacquin was interviewed by Lauren Pelley of CBC Toronto News, which aired Friday, January 26, 2018. The consumer awareness story covered rising cases of reported elder abuse and negligence in nursing homes across Ontario.
A year-long CBC Marketplace investigation called “Crying Out for Care” found that staff-to-resident abuse in long-term care homes up 148% from 2011. Families invest significant time and resources locating a nursing home to provide trustworthy and competent care for an elderly loved one or other family member who cannot live independently. When seriously harmful negligence or abuse occurs, they are often under reported due to fear, shame, and embarrassment. The results can be devastating for both the victim and the family.
Personal injury firms like Howie, Sacks & Henry are also seeing an uptick in nursing home negligence cases.
"There are some very specific concerns communicated to us," says Meghan. "It includes neglect. People, for example, who have no issue going to the washroom before going into long term care being in diapers; people who are being left hours on end, people are are being fed improperly, people who are being improperly medicated, people whose plan of care isn't being properly followed."
If you suspect someone you care about has been a victim of nursing home negligence or abuse of any form in Ontario and you would like to know more about the legal options available to you to receive compensation and damages, please contact personal injury lawyer Meghan Hull Jacquin at 416-361-7561 for firstname.lastname@example.org.
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