Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home abuse and neglect cases usually involve elderly or disabled nursing home residents who suffer bodily injury, severe emotional distress or even death as a result of physical abuse or the harsh consequences of patient neglect. Examples of nursing home abuse include physical trauma inflicted by nursing home staff and fellow nursing home residents, psychological trauma including threats of violence, or the use of unwarranted restraints and repeated verbal abuse. Patient neglect can result in falls from beds, wheelchairs or stairways, wandering from nursing home facilities due to dementia, choking on food, burns from prolonged contact with heated surfaces such as exposed radiators, medication-related injuries or the failure to deliver proper medical services.
Unfortunately, nursing home companies sometimes try to cover up instances of abuse or neglect by blaming an incident on the patient or the patient’s mental condition or by readily accepting a staff member’s version of what happened. In some situations, the nursing home will even try to create a paper trail to absolve itself of responsibility. If you suspect that a parent or loved one has been subjected to nursing home abuse or neglect, a skilled attorney will be needed to hold the nursing home accountable.
Boston, Massachusetts and Rhode Island injury lawyer Jonathan D. Sweet, Esq. is fully equipped to handle nursing home injury cases. For more information about your potential case, contact Attorney Sweet anytime, day or night, seven days a week. There is never a charge for an initial consultation.