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There are thousands of nursing homes and assisted living facilities located in the United States. In the coming years, as baby boomers age, the number of these long-term care facilities is expected to dramatically increase to support a growing older population.
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Unfortunately, this upswing raises the potential for a corresponding increase in nursing home abuse and neglect cases. Each year in Massachusetts, elderly nursing home residents suffer injuries, humiliation, and even death as a direct result of physical abuse or the harsh consequences of patient neglect.
If you or a loved one has been neglected or abused within a nursing home, seek legal representation from an experienced Boston nursing home abuse attorney as soon as possible. Here are some questions we typically receive about nursing home abuse lawsuits:
- What Does a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Do?
- What Are the Different Types of Nursing Home Abuse?
- What is Considered Nursing Home Neglect?
- How Can You Spot the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?
What Does a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Do?
Get in touch with an attorney to discuss your nursing home abuse or neglect case. An attorney will begin to gather evidence right away, so they are able to prove that the abuse or neglect occurred and who caused it.
After they have determined who should be held liable, your attorney can get in touch with the at-fault parties to discuss a settlement. By working with an attorney, nursing home abuse and neglect victims may be able to recover compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more.
In addition to helping you recover compensation, an attorney can also help you report the abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities. The authorities may open a criminal investigation into the case, which would be conducted separately from the personal injury lawsuit.
What Are the Different Types of Nursing Home Abuse?
Nursing home abuse is defined as the intentional injury, excessive confinement, intimidation, a lack of necessary care, or a punishment that results in physical harm, pain or mental anguish on the part of the patient.
Examples of nursing home abuse include physical trauma inflicted by nursing home staff and fellow nursing home residents; psychological trauma, including threats of violence, the use of unwarranted restraints; and repeated verbal abuse.
Parker Scheer LLP has extensive experience in resolving a wide variety of nursing homes abuse cases in Massachusetts, including the following:
- Elder Abuse
- Medicinal Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Financial Abuse
- Physical Assault and battery
- Sexual Assault
What is Considered Nursing Home Neglect?
Another common source of nursing home-related injury is the result of patient neglect. This is the failure, whether intentional or not, to provide a resident with the care she or he requires in a timely fashion.
Examples of patient neglect typically involve falls, including falls from beds, wheelchairs, or stairways, particularly when nursing home staff ignores physician orders calling for supervision, bedrails, radio monitors, or the use of restraints.
Additional examples of neglect-related injuries include wandering from nursing home facilities due to dementia; choking caused by unsupervised eating; burns caused by patient contact with heated surfaces such as exposed radiators; medication-related injuries caused by unsupervised or negligent medication dispensing practices; and a host of other preventable causes.
Parker Scheer LLP’s attorneys have successfully represented patients and their families in cases involving:
- Physical neglect
- Medical neglect
- Failure to prevent dehydration, malnutrition, falls and bed sores
- Withholding medication or intentionally overmedicating
- Inadequate physical hygiene
- Inadequate supervision
- Lack of water or food
How Can You Spot the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?
If you have a loved one in a nursing home, get to know the signs of abuse and neglect so you know when to get help. The most obvious physical signs of abuse and neglect are broken bones, bruises, cuts, and bed sores. Your loved one’s health may suffer as a result of abuse, so if you realize that your loved one is frequently sick or has lost a lot of weight, this could indicate that she is being abused or neglected.
Victims may also exhibit emotional and behavioral changes after being abused or neglected. Your loved one may have emotional outbursts or mood swings. They may indicate that they are scared to be alone with someone who works at the nursing home facility or become tense or timid when someone enters the room.
Be sure to pay close attention to your loved one’s personal appearance, too. If it looks as if they are not being groomed or bathed on a regular basis, this could indicate that they are being neglected. Many victims suffer in silence because they are too scared to say something.
Call Our Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect Law Firm to Discuss Your Legal Options In Boston, MA
Parker Scheer LLP’s personal injury lawyers have successfully represented people who have been injured or killed as a result of nursing home abuse and negligence.
Those interested in having their potential claim reviewed by one of our nursing home abuse attorneys are encouraged to contact us by filling out the online form on our website. Clients can also contact us by telephone toll-free, seven days a week at (617) 886-0500.
Some of our firm’s many practice areas include nursing home neglect and abuse, medical malpractice, wrongful death, slip and fall accidents, truck accidents, car accidents, premises liability, and dog bites. We don’t charge you legal fees unless we are able to recover compensation on your behalf.
During the initial consultation, we will carefully review your case, address your concerns, and answer your legal questions. There’s no time to waste—get in touch with us today by phone or email.