An Ohio nursing home aide has pleaded guilty to seven counts of patient abuse or neglect committed against a 78-year-old Alzheimer’s patient, according to ABC 5 News Channel. A State Tested Nursing Assistant, Virgen Caraballo, 45, was employed by the Elizabeth Severance Prentiss Center at MetroHealth in Cleveland where the abuse reportedly took place. Caraballo is scheduled to be sentenced in January and could face up to 18 months in prison on each count.
According to various media outlets, the nursing home abuse was uncovered by the victim’s son who placed a video recorder in his mother’s room at the medical center. Despite having pinned a note in the victim’s room warning of its surveillance, Caraballo proceeded to treat the ill and elderly woman roughly. Videographic evidence has shown Caraballo mocking and yelling at the victim, throwing the victim into her wheelchair and pushing a hand into the victim’s face. Reportedly, another employee of the Elizabeth Severance Prentiss Center, Maria Karban, 26, also faces trial for one count of patient abuse after she was videotaped spraying an unknown liquid into the victim’s face.
There a number of ways in which nursing homes can be held responsible as a result of their abuse, negligence, false imprisonment, or violations of criminal statutes, as well as violations of regulations pertaining to their licensing, maintenance and general operation. Legal action may be taken against an act of abuse, neglect or exploitation of a patient. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of nursing home abuse, contact an elder abuse attorney to see if you could possibly be entitled to compensatory damages.
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