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Hawaii Seen as Lax on Nursing Home Abuse

By Bostwick & Peterson, LLP  Sep. 11, 2012 1:21p

In a report from Hawaii's Star Advertiser from last year, state regulators did not sanction an upscale nursing home after it was discovered that a male nurse aide had abused female residents of the facility. The nursing home failed to investigate reports of abuse by the man that had occurred more than a year before he was finally suspended. The facility suspended him after witnesses saw him strike a resident with a hairbrush. Earlier reports of the man's abuse included reports of sexual assaults in which the man pinched the breasts of elderly women residents who suffered dementia and were under his care.

The man was later fired by administrators of the nursing home who reported him to law enforcement. He was charged and pled guilty to six counts of sexual abuse, went to prison for one year, and was later deported to the Philippines. The lack of sanctions against the nursing home facility in this case by state regulators has been criticized by legal experts. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the federal agency which oversees nursing homes throughout the nation. This federal agency imposed merely one sanction against Hawaii nursing homes in the year prior to this incident, which is the lowest number along with North Dakota of all 50 states. Critics of the agency have said that it rarely enforces penalties on nursing homes for improper care, even when such care results in harm to residents.

Legal Representation for Hawaii Nursing Home Victims

No one expects their family member or friend to be abused in a nursing home. When it does happen, however, as shown above, action against the abuser must be taken. As a family member looking in from the outside, it may not be easy to determine that any type of nursing home neglect or abuse has occurred. Understanding and being aware of the signs and indicators that neglect or abuse has occurred is your best defense in such cases. If you suspect that your loved one or friend has been harmed, you should take immediate action by bringing your suspicions to the attention of the facility administrators. You also wish to get the advice of an experienced attorney.

The personal injury law firm of Bostwick & Peterson, located in Honolulu, can provide dedicated and outstanding legal help in cases of nursing home abuse. Named as Super Lawyers and members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, this legal team is known for the excellence of their legal ability and professionalism. Contact one of the team to discuss your legal concerns in a free consultation today.

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