Fighting for the Rights Of Those Injured by Negligent or Careless Actions

Boston Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Was Your Loved One Mistreated in a Nursing Home?

You sent a loved one to a nursing home so that they could receive the care and services they need. The last thing you would want is to know that your loved one has been harmed in an act of negligence, neglect, or abuse at the very hands of the care provider. These willful or negligent acts are devastating. No one wants to believe nursing home horror stories could happen to them or their very own loved ones.

With the placement of the elderly in nursing homes and other residential care facilities becoming more common, According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, the prevalence of elder abuse is approximately 10%, including physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect. In 2017 alone, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs reported 9,800 confirmed cases of elder abuse and neglect throughout the Commonwealth - a roughly 40% increase over 2015.

Are there signs of abuse or neglect at your loved one's nursing home? Call (617) 934-3207 for a free consultation with our experienced nursing home abuse lawyers in Boston.

Nursing Homes Have a Legal & Moral Responsibility To Their Residents

A nursing home that accepts Medicare is required under federal regulation 42 CFR sec. 483.25 (h) to ensure that the resident environment remains as free of accident hazards as possible, and that a resident receives adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents. If you or a loved one was harmed by a nursing home, convalescent home, rest home, or elder care facility you may have a personal injury or medical malpractice claim. Abuse of an elderly person can come in many forms, including physical, psychological, financial, hospitalizations & disability, medical, and others.

Common behaviors that may entitle you to a legal claim include:

  • Failure by the care facility to keep the premises reasonably safe from hazards.
  • Negligent hiring of staff.
  • Negligent training and supervision of staff.
  • Negligent supervision of residents.
  • Failure to provide and maintain sanitary living conditions.
  • Failure to provide the medical standard of care expected for each circumstance.
  • Sexual assaults of residents.

Telltale Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

While physical abuse may be obvious, psychological, financial, or sexual neglect in nursing homes can sometimes go unnoticed due to intimidation, medical conditions of the abused, or distance from family members. It is important to keep a vigilant eye for any of the following signs and contact an attorney as soon as possible if you suspect abuse.

  • Bedsores
  • Soiled lines or clothes
  • Bruises, scrapes, and scratches
  • Missing personal belongings or strange financial transactions
  • Poor hygiene
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Uncharacteristic reclusive or quiet behavior, especially around certain staff members
  • Untreated injuries or medical conditions
  • Odors of urine or feces

Massachusetts Statute of Limitations on Nursing Home Abuse

Massachusetts' statute of limitations on nursing home abuse claims states that you must file a lawsuit within three years of the alleged abuse - otherwise, you lose your right to take legal action. For this reason, it is imperative you contact an attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights and preserve key evidence that can be vital to your claim.

Our Boston nursing home abuse lawyers here at Mitcheson & Lee LLP in Boston understand the difficult decision of admitting a loved one to a care facility and the difficulties in finding out that the loved one was experiencing abuse and/or subpar care. Our team is ready to fight for your rights and hold those responsible liable for their actions or inaction.

If you or someone you know was injured in a nursing home, please contact Mitcheson & Lee LLP at (617) 934-3207 to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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