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Recognizing the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

WheelchairAs our population ages, more and more Americans will turn to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to meet their changing medical needs. While most of these facilities provide professional and high-quality care, sometimes nursing home residents are the victims of neglect or even intentional mistreatment. When those charged with caring for others fail to adequately perform their duties, victims may be able to recover by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Nursing homes and other facilities offering long-term care are subject to both state and federal regulation, and there are a number of ways in which these facilities or their staff could potentially violate these laws. If you feel that you or a loved one has been injured by nursing home abuse or neglect, you should be certain to discuss your case with an experienced Framingham nursing home attorney as soon as possible.

Many observers believe that the vast majority of cases of nursing home neglect do unreported. As a result, it is important for loved ones of residents to make sure that you do everything possible to make sure that this kind of maltreatment does not occur.  Often, people living in nursing homes may be unable or too embarrassed to report mistreatment to authorities or family members. Some of the more common signs that may indicate that a nursing home resident is being neglected or abused include the following:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Infections
  • Bruises or lacerations
  • Broken bones
  • Emotional withdrawal
  • Dehydration
  • Bed sores
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Injuries involving emergency treatment
  • Unusual behavior

Any time that you see these or any other signs that may indicate nursing home abuse or neglect it is important to take immediate action. Immediately report dangerous conditions to management and make sure that the situation is adequately rectified.  In addition, you should also file a complaint with the appropriate state licensing or regulatory authority. In Massachusetts, this agency is the Division of Health Care Quality, whose mandate is to identify and address neglect, misappropriation, mistreatment, or quality of care issues in nursing homes and other health care facilities.

While this agency can help address regulatory failures, it is outside their purview to act as advocates for those who have been injured by the negligence of a nursing home or its staff. To ensure that you receive are compensated for your injuries, it is best to retain the services of an experienced nursing home neglect attorney. The types of damages that may be available to a nursing home resident may include compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, or emotional trauma, among others.

Framingham attorney Daniel Cappetta is dedicated to helping people who sustain injuries caused by the medical malpractice staff recover. Often, those who reside in the facilities are among the most vulnerable among us and need aggressive representation. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Cappetta understands how important it is for victims and their families to obtain justice for wrongfully inflicted harms. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Cappetta at either his Natick or Framingham office, please call our office today at (508) 969-9505.