Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
As a group, senior citizens are often the most vulnerable -- and defenseless -- in our society. As our senior population continues to rise, families increasingly turn their trust to nursing homes, with the expectation that these facilities will provide quality care for their loved ones.Take Swift Action To Protect Your Loved Elders
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect is all too common. Our Boston personal injury lawyers have seen firsthand the physical and psychological injuries that occur when these facilities fail to provide that care. Our attorneys are aware of both the state and federal laws and regulations that strictly govern the management of these facilities and the treatment of their residents.Signs Of Physical And Emotional Nursing Home Abuse
The National Center on Elder Abuse defines physical abuse as the use of physical force that results in injury, pain or bodily impairment. This type of abuse is frequently evidenced by:
- Broken bones
- Open wounds
- Untreated injuries
- Rope marks and other signs of being restrained
- Medication overdose
- Sudden or unexplained sickness or weight loss
Emotional abuse can often be detected by family members when they notice that something is amiss. By enjoying the company of your elders throughout your life, nobody knows their personalities and tendencies better than you. You may notice that a loved one under the care of a nursing facility has become withdrawn, forlorn, depressed or fearful as a result of abuse.Financial Abuse Of Elders
In addition to physical abuse, nursing facilities may financially abuse residents and their families by charging higher than appropriate rates and racking up fees for improper or non-existent services.Sexual Abuse Of Nursing Home Residents
The most heinous and disturbing form of elder mistreatment is sexual abuse in nursing homes. The Boston nursing home abuse attorneys at Bellotti Law Group, P.C., know how to successfully deal with these situations and will work tirelessly and passionately to restore a sense of decency and comfort to victims and their families.
According to many reports, the majority of nursing home abuse and neglect cases go unreported. It can be unthinkable to imagine that the very people who dedicated their lives to raising us, nurturing us and preparing us for adulthood are now being abused and neglected. This abuse can take many forms—physical, emotional, mental, financial, and even sexual.Nursing Home Regulations In Massachusetts And Federally
Nursing home regulations are comprised of a mixture of federal and state laws. Nursing home residents in Massachusetts have a right to sanitary and safe living conditions, proper medical care, physical necessities, and freedom from abuse and neglect.
Under federal law, a nursing home "…must provide the necessary care and services to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial wellbeing [for each resident]…"
Massachusetts regulations, developed by the Department of Public Health and Massachusetts Attorney General, further secure these rights. Unfortunately, these guidelines are often ignored, at the expense of our elders. Often, these facilities hire repeat offenders and unqualified caregivers, sometimes knowingly, and sometimes because the fail to conduct proper screening and background checks.
At Bellotti Law Group, we are well versed in this area and will aggressively pursue all legal avenues to ensure that a high quality of life is maintained for your elderly loved ones in nursing homes.Contact Bellotti Law Group, P.C.
The Boston personal injury attorneys at Bellotti Law Group, P.C., have successfully assisted many individuals with nursing home abuse and neglect cases. We know how to fight to ensure that our elders in nursing homes receive the care and compassion they deserve. Call 617-225-2100 to contact us and arrange an initial consultation.