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Boston Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
There are roughly 1.4 million Americans living in nursing homes. Roughly 2/3 of nursing homes are owned by for-profit companies, and 1/3 are run by non-profits.
The elderly and their loving families entrust nursing homes greatly. They trust and expect their elderly family member will be given the highest level of care and compassion. They trust they are placing their loved one in a peaceful and safe environment. That unfortunately does not always happen.
Sadly, and disturbingly, those entrusted with this responsibility sometimes unintentionally, as well as intentionally, fail to protect the safety of their elderly patients. When this happens, serious personal injuries to innocent elders can result.
As Boston nursing home abuse lawyers, our job is to make sure all people responsible for the abuse are held fully accountable for their conduct. We are a law office dedicated to helping your family during this trying and confusing time.
This type of abuse happens to both men and women, but is more commonly experienced by women. Oftentimes, the victim is unable, or unwilling to report the abuse to staff or to family members.
There are sadly many nursing home residents that silently suffer, out of fear of any consequences their reporting would cause. This only serves to allow the abuse to continue and possibly worsen.
What Are Common Types of Abuse and Neglect On The Elderly?
This reprehensible and disgusting conduct comes in many different forms. Nursing home abuse and neglect can result in both obvious physical harm, as well as less obvious harm such as psychological or emotional injury.
The types of abuse and neglect that can occur at nursing homes and other assisted living facilities include:
- Verbal abuse
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Financial abuse
- Slips, trips and falls
- Inadequate hygiene
- Improper restraints
- Withholding medication or overmedicating
What Are Some Common Signs of Elder Abuse?
- Emotional withdraw
- Dwindling finances
- Withdrawal around caretakers
- Infections and disease
Nursing Home Abuse Statistics
According to nursinghomeabuseguide.org:
- Between 1999 and 2001, almost one-third of all nursing home facilities were cited for violations of federal standards that could cause harm, or that did harm elderly residents of those facilities;
- Nearly 10% of those homes had violations that posed a risk of serious injury or death, or that did cause deaths of elderly residents;
- More than 40% of nursing home residents have reported abuse, and more than 90% report that they or another resident of the facility have been neglected;
- Research from 2010 indicates that up to half of all nursing home attendants have admitted abusing or neglecting elderly patients;
- More than half of all Certified Nursing Assistants (CAN’s) in elder care facilities have admitted verbally abusing, yelling at, and using foul language with elderly residents of care facilities
How Can a Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney Help Me?
As your attorneys, we investigate exactly what happened to your loved one. We also investigate to target all available people and companies that were at all involved in the abuse, or knew about it, and did nothing to stop it. All potential parties are brought into the case. We also investigate to find any photos, video, reports, and other documentation of what happened.
We find out if there are any witnesses to the abuse. We put all of this together and then seek to resolve the case out-of-court with the insurance company for the nursing home. If an out-of-court settlement cannot be reached, then we file a lawsuit seeking full financial compensation for all the damages the abuse caused to your loved one.
Civil damages that can be pursued include payment of medical bills, pain and suffering, and any type of scarring or disfigurement that results.
If it is discovered criminal charges are warranted, the wrongdoers may be charged accordingly. Assault and battery are common criminal charges filed by prosecutors in elder abuse and neglect cases.
It is always wise not to wait if you are considering taking legal action. These cases have very specific and inflexible statutes of limitations. Taking action swiftly is important because oftentimes witnesses disappear and critical documents go missing. Taking prompt action ensures that all evidence is preserved, which will increase the likelihood of a successful outcome for the case.
What Parties Can Be Sued In A Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit?
Some parties that are sued in these cases can include:
- Nursing home owners and supervisors
- Nurse assistants
- Physical therapists
What Are Some Common Injuries From Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?
There are many types of injuries and harm that can flow from abuse on the elderly, and they include:
- Strains and sprains
- Broken Bones
- Wrongful Death
- Brain injuries
- Scarring and Disfigurement
Boston Attorney For The Abuse And Neglect Of The Elderly
The Law Office of Christopher Earley is committed to helping the elderly and their loved ones when abuse at nursing home and assisted living facilities occurs. Call today for help. When this type of conduct occurs, those responsible must be held legally accountable.
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