When Neglect Results In Injury In A Long-Term Care Facility
Was your beloved spouse, parent, sibling, aunt or uncle injured in a nursing home? Naturally, you want to know what happened and why. Your emotional pain and suffering can be just as real as your loved one’s physical injuries. You may be very interested in helping to protect future residents at the same facility. At the same time, your family may face medical bills, expenses to cover increased levels of care or unexpected funeral and burial costs.
We can reassure you that you and your family are not alone. There has been a large increase in nursing home injury cases in Massachusetts and across the country in recent years. At the Taunton, Massachusetts, Law Offices of Aleixo and Murray, P.C., our lawyers are experienced at handling these types of cases. Our firm knows what needs to be done to ensure you get appropriate financial recovery.
We offer a free initial consultation for people whose parents or family members have suffered injuries in nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
Circumstances Leading To Falls Through Negligence
It’s not unusual for an elderly person to fall and injure themselves in a nursing home. A fall may be considered a regrettable accident or a result of the elderly person’s disregard for following instructions. However, when a parent or loved one falls repeatedly and those falls result in broken bones and other severe physical harm, those accidents tend to show a pattern of negligence on the part of the nursing home.
- The facility may have been dangerously understaffed — a common cost-saving measure decided by executives far removed from the actual care environment.
- Caregivers may have failed to follow protocols — such as following written requirements to use two assistants to help with transfers from bed to chair or chair to toilet.
- They may have taken too long to respond to a call by the resident for help going to the bathroom.
- Protective equipment such as grab bars may have been lacking where they were recommended by professionals but were not installed.
These are a few examples of institutional neglect that can result in falls and broken bones.
Other Common Injuries In Long-Term Care
Regardless of the type of injury you or your loved one experienced, our lawyers are prepared to evaluate your case, and if we represent you, also to get to the root cause through investigation.
- Bedsores are a common type of preventable nursing home injury.
- Dehydration and malnutrition are often signs of neglect in many cases.
- Residents of nursing homes may suffer scalding injuries when placed in too hot bath water.
- Nursing home injuries can also be the result of intentional abuse such as slapping, punching or even sexual assault by a caregiver or fellow resident.
We will examine nursing home records and interview staff members to find out whether your loved one’s injuries were the result of neglect or abuse.
When Memory Care Is Insufficient
Nursing home patients may have medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s that require close monitoring, so they do not wander off and injure themselves. There are many ways nursing homes can monitor vulnerable patients and prevent elopement from the residence by residents with dementia.
Work With An Attorney With A Track Record Of Success In Nursing Home Neglect Litigation
To receive the maximum compensation in any nursing home negligence case, your attorney has to be willing to try it. Trying cases is something the Law Offices of Aleixo and Murray, P.C., has done successfully, time and time again, for clients in Taunton and the surrounding communities in Massachusetts. We handle all nursing home negligence cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no attorneys’ fees unless we make a recovery for you.