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Maine Nurse Charged With Felony Elder Abuse in New Hampshire

1160103_prescription_drugs_2 sxchu.jpgA Maine nurse was recently indicted by a Rockingham County Grand Jury for felony abuse of an elder care facility patient and possession of a controlled substance after she allegedly failed to administer morphine to a patient in her care. 31-year-old Nina Perez of Berwick, Maine stands accused of keeping an unspecified quantity of morphine prescribed for a patient at the Edgewood Centre in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for her own consumption in May 2012. In addition to withholding medication, Perez is also accused of administering a muscle relaxant to the patient in place of the morphine.

The licensed practical nurse was arrested in August following an investigation by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Unit. Although she is no longer employed at the elder care facility, it is unclear whether or not Perez was fired prior to being charged by authorities.

When loved ones are no longer able to care for themselves, many Maine residents turn to assisted living or nursing home facilities for help. Unfortunately, nursing home negligence caused by poorly trained or insufficient staff can cause serious injuries or death to Maine’s nursing home patients. Neglected long term care facility residents often suffer both physical and emotional trauma. Abused patients may exhibit bedsores, broken bones, cuts, or even premature death. Other trauma is normally more difficult to see. Elderly residents may be denied necessary medications, food, water, or access to bathing supplies. They may also be the victim of theft or verbal abuse. All allegations of nursing home neglect or abuse in Maine and elsewhere should be taken seriously and reported.

The State of Maine has created special rules and procedures for bringing a claim against a nursing home or other health care facility. If you believe someone you care about was abused while a patient in a long term care facility, you should discuss your concerns with an experienced nursing home neglect attorney.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, call Briggs & Wholey toll free at (888) 596-1099 today. The skilled Bangor nursing home neglect lawyers at Briggs & Wholey have more than 50 years of combined experience helping those who were hurt by a doctor, nurse, or other health care provider receive the compensation they deserve based on their injuries. At Briggs & Wholey, our diligent team of attorneys is available to answer any questions you may have and help you file your case. Our dedicated lawyers represent injured clients and their loved ones throughout Maine. To schedule a free consultation with a dedicated attorney, please do not hesitate to contact Briggs & Wholey through our website.

More Blog Posts:

When Doctor’s Misbehave; Medical Malpractice Suits Can Result, Maine Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, October 12, 2012
13-Year-Old Bicyclist Dies Following Collision with Automobile in Sanford, Maine Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, October 8, 2012
Additional Resources:

Nurse Indicted for Patient Abuse, Drug Possession, by Robert Cook, Portsmouth Patch

Nurse Charged with Stealing Morphine from Nursing Home Patient, by Marc Fortier, Portsmouth Patch

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