Nursing Home Negligence
The decision to send an elderly to a nursing home should not be taken lightly. Everyone wants their loved ones to receive the medical attention and care that is needed. People send their elderly loved ones to protect them from the negative consequences of declining mental or physical health. When you leave your loved one's care to a nursing home, you want them to get high-quality care, have their needs addressed, and be treated with decency and respect.
Sadly, elderly persons in long-term care facilities may be neglected or abused. When this happens, it's important to contact a nursing home negligence attorney at The Law Office of Matthew M. Foti in Massachusetts.Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes
Residents of Massachusetts are guaranteed certain rights under federal and Massachusetts laws. The right to a clean and safe environment, the right to adequate medical treatment, the freedom to make decisions about that care, the right to a specific amount of daily care, and the right to stay free of abuse or neglect are just a few of these rights.
Regrettably, many Massachusetts nursing home staff do not always respect these rights, and seniors are abused or neglected as a result.Common Nursing Home Negligence Cases in Massachusetts
The neglect, abuse, or maltreatment does not have to be physical, but bodily indicators are often the most obvious. The following are examples of common forms of abuse to be wary of:
- Negligence: Negligence is described as failing to perform a responsibility or duty. Civil liability may be imposed on a caregiver or staff member who fails to administer prescribed medicine leaves the individual in unclean living circumstances, fails to bathe the individual, or fails to adequately nourish, shelter, or provide a safe environment.
- Sexual Abuse: Sexual abuse is described as any non-consensual sexual contact, including sexual contact with a person who is unable to consent.
- Emotional abuse: Verbal attacks, humiliation, threats, and intimidation are forms of emotional abuse. Other examples include isolating an older person from friends, family, or normal activities. If your family member shows indications of fear or intimidation when with staff, you should be concerned.
- Physical Abuse: Wounds, scars, broken limbs, bedsores, dehydration, starvation, bad hygiene, medical overdoses, and evidence of constraint are all evident symptoms of physical abuse.
To make a solid case against a nursing home, it must be established that the facility's negligence resulted in the victim's injury. Did a nursing aide forget to raise the bed rails, causing your loved one to tumble out of bed and break their back? Did your loved one get bedsore as a result of not being moved every 2 hours?
A medical tribunal must examine nursing home negligence claims to determine if an established standard of care was breached. Our expertise has shown us what proof a medical tribunal would look for to back up a finding of a breach of recognized standards of care.Contact Our Massachusetts Nursing Home Negligence Attorney
If you or a loved one has been harmed as a result of poor treatment or nursing home abuse, or if a loved one has died as a result of physical abuse or neglect, please call our office to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
Our attorneys at The Law Office of Matthew M. Foti in Massachusetts are committed to delivering the finest quality legal assistance and empathetic assistance to injured nursing home residents and their families. We help victims of nursing home neglect by applying the skills and knowledge we've gained through successfully managing medical malpractice claims and other injury and wrongful death lawsuits.