It is a sad reality that elder care facilities are often fraught with instances of abuse and neglect. Either intentional abuse or negligent supervision can result in serious injuries, or in some instances the wrongful death, of some of the most vulnerable members of society. When abuse is discovered, however, the perpetrators may face heavy fines, jail time, and civil lawsuits.
Geofrey Nyanswego recently pled not guilty in Butler a County, Kansas courtroom where he was charged with felony abuse of an elder adult after allegations of illegal detainment. He was a nurse at the Victory Falls Retirement Home, and an investigation revealed evidence that he unlawfully confined or imprisoned another person at the retirement facility. If found guilty, Nyanswego faces up to 11 years in jail and a $100,00 fine, plus the results of any civil lawsuits filed by his victim’s family.
Victory Falls is also in hot water, as officials believe they did not properly supervise their employees and their activities. The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services fined Victoria Falls more than $155,000 for failure to meet appropriate safety regulations, one of the highest penalties ever issued by the department. Victory Falls CEO Dennis Bush told kwch.com that two employees weer suspended and one was fired after the investigation.
If you believe a family member has been a victim of nursing home abuse, you may be entitled to money damages. Please contact our Boston nursing home abuse attorneys 24/7 for a free and private consultation at 617-787-3700.