Continue Reading: In the second section of this article, sexual assault victim lawyer Brian Kent discusses filing a civil lawsuit against sexual abuse in a nursing home.
A caregiver for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a severely developmentally disabled teenage patient. 33-year-old Edmondo DiPaolo faces charges of aggravated sexual assault, attempted aggravated assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.
According to prosecutors, an investigation began after the 16-year-old girl’s family discovered a leg injury. The victim has a degenerative brain disorder, cannot speak or move, is fed and medicated through tubes and is in a wheelchair.
Prosecutors say the victim suffered a broken femur while DiPaolo was adjusting her position. He then allegedly sexually assaulted her.
DiPaolo was a private duty nurse for the girl two days per week for the past seven months at her home in Southampton.
Investigators have asked anyone who believes DiPaolo may have abused another patient to call the New Jersey State Police at 609-859-2282.
Sexual abuse lawyer Brian Kent represents victims and their families, helping them find justice through civil lawsuits. Brian has some information to share on filing a lawsuit for sexual abuse by caregivers:
Caregivers are trusted to provide vital assistance to the elderly, disabled, and anyone else who is unable to care for themselves. While most caregivers are honorable and trustworthy, there have been cases of predatory caregivers exploiting this trust and sexually abusing their patients. When this happens, we must investigate and ask how the abuse may have been preventable.
Some cases of sexual abuse by caregivers only happen due to negligence. For example, the caregiver’s employer could be considered negligent for failing to run a background check or failing to investigate past reports of sexual misconduct by the caregiver. In cases involving negligence, the victim and their family may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a caregiver, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced sex abuse victim lawyers.