In the second section of this article, sexual abuse lawyer Brian Kent shares some information on the legal rights of nursing home abuse victims.
55-year-old nurse’s aide Han Sun Cho was arrested this month for allegedly sexually touching three “helpless” patients at two Bergen County nursing homes. The names of these nursing homes have not been publicly released.
Cho was first arrested for allegedly sexually touching a patient at a nursing home in Emerson. During this initial investigation, detectives discovered that Cho may have sexually touched two other patients at a nursing and rehabilitation center in Tenafly. These victims were also classified as physically helpless.
Cho has been charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual contact.
Sexual assault lawyer Brian Kent helps sexual assault victims take legal action against sexual predators and negligent third parties, such as nursing homes that have failed to protect their residents from sexual abuse by employees. Here are some thoughts from Brian on the legal rights of these victims:
In nursing homes and assisted living facilities, the safety and wellbeing of residents must come before all else. While we want to believe that our elderly loved ones are safe in nursing homes, the sad reality is that abuse and neglect are serious problems affecting facilities throughout the country. When a nursing home resident is sexually abused by an employee, it’s important to investigate both the employee and the facility itself.
Some nursing home abuse cases are preventable and only happen because of negligence by the nursing home. For example, a nursing home could be considered negligent for ignoring previous complaints of inappropriate behavior by an employee who was later arrested for sexually abusing a resident. In cases of negligence, nursing home abuse victims and their families may have a case for a lawsuit against the nursing home.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused at a nursing home, you can learn more about your legal options – including a possible nursing home abuse lawsuit – in a free consultation with one of our experienced sex abuse victims lawyers.