Was your loved one injured in a Boston nursing home? If abuse or neglect was the cause, your family deserves to be compensated. A Boston nursing home abuse lawyer at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP will fight to get the fair compensation you deserve.
We’ve been fighting to protect the rights of families in Boston, MA for over a decade. In that time, we’ve made a difference in the lives of countless clients–and we’re ready to do the same for you.
If your loved one was abused while in nursing care, you’re probably experiencing a wide range of emotions–from guilt to outright rage. It can be tough to know where to turn for help. However, if you’ve seen signs of abuse, it’s important to get help immediately.
An experienced Boston personal injury lawyer can help you get justice.
When you turn to Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP to help, our experienced lawyers will:
Collectively, our Boston personal injury attorneys have over 100 years of experience fighting for families like yours. We’ve recovered millions in compensation for our injured clients over the years. To learn more about how we can help your family, call our law offices in Boston, Massachusetts to schedule a free case evaluation today.
Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Studies estimate that as many as 5 million older Americans are abused in some way each year. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that more than 1,200 nursing home complaints were received between 2016 and 2018 in Massachusetts alone.
Almost 75% of serious complaints were not investigated in a timely manner.
Nursing home residents have certain rights under Massachusetts law. Residents have the right to be treated with dignity and respect–and to be free from abuse. These rights include a right to physical, emotional, and social wellbeing.
Nursing home residents also have the right to privacy in managing their medical, financial, and social affairs.
All nursing homes in the state are required to have policies in place to protect nursing home residents’ rights. Those policies are required to govern everything from medication issues and dietary services to social services and recreational activities.
When staff members, or nursing homes themselves, violate the applicable standards of care, you may have the right to financial compensation for abuse or neglect.
There are many different types of nursing home abuse.
At Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, our attorneys handle all types of nursing home abuse cases, including those involving:
Physical abuse can happen when someone intentionally hits, kicks, or slaps a resident. It can also happen via physical confinement to a bed or chair.
Active neglect is also a form of physical abuse. For example, your loved one can suffer if staff members withhold food, water, health care, or medications.
Emotional abuse can take on many forms. It can happen when a staff member intentionally isolates the patient from friends and family. Verbal threats, humiliation, and insults can also qualify as emotional abuse.
Any type of non-consensual sexual conduct can be construed as sexual abuse. That conduct can be physical–in the form of sexual assault, molestation, or forcing the resident to touch the caretaker inappropriately. It can also stem from unwanted sexual comments.
Nursing home residents are often also vulnerable to financial exploitation. Financial abuse can involve stealing or forgery. Manipulating a resident with mental health deficits into engaging in financial transactions is also abusive.
Nursing home neglect can be as damaging as outright abuse. Nursing homes are often understaffed. Residents can suffer if staff members fail to prevent bedsores, provide sanitary conditions or even fail to supervise residents to prevent falls and other accidents.
Nursing home abuse can be extremely difficult to detect. Many residents fail to report the abuse–whether because they’re embarrassed or fear some type of retribution.
Some of the signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse include:
If you suspect your loved one is being abused, it’s important to take action quickly. Moving your loved one to a safe location is the first step toward protecting their health and wellbeing. You can contact the authorities, the elder abuse hotline at 800-922-2275, or Long Term Care Ombudsman in Massachusetts
The consequences of nursing home abuse and neglect can be severe. In addition to physical injuries, some victims never fully recover from the emotional trauma of the experience.
Some of the most common long-term consequences of nursing home abuse include:
Victims of nursing home abuse are also at risk of premature death. If your loved one has been hurt because a nursing home or residential facility failed to provide a safe environment, call Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP today. We’ll fight to get the fair compensation you deserve.
Nursing homes are for-profit institutions. Many of these nursing home facilities operate more like businesses than care-oriented homes. If your loved one was hurt because the nursing home failed to provide protection, they might face criminal charges.
You also have the right to sue for civil damages if your loved one was hurt because of nursing home negligence.
Our nursing home abuse lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP handle all types of abuse and neglect cases, including those involving:
Don’t worry if you aren’t exactly sure who is responsible in your case. Our lawyers will investigate to get to the bottom of what happened. All you have to do is contact us today to get started.
Like any car accident victim, Boston nursing home abuse victims are entitled to compensation for both economic and non-economic damages.
The value of your case will depend on the specific circumstances.
Relevant factors include:
Our lawyers might hire experts and specialists to testify about the impact of the abuse–from both physical and emotional standpoints.
Victims of nursing home abuse are entitled to reimbursement for the costs associated with the abuse.
That might include compensation for:
Victims are also entitled to compensation for the humiliation and long-term emotional consequences of abuse, including money for:
If you lost a loved one because of nursing home abuse, our attorneys can also pursue damages for wrongful death.
In cases where the abuse or neglect is especially shocking, you may also be entitled to punitive damages.
Injury victims in Massachusetts have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages. This is called the statute of limitations. Usually, the clock starts running on the day you discovered, or reasonably should have discovered, the injuries.
If your loved one was a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect in Boston, don’t hesitate to get legal help right away. Call an experienced Boston nursing home abuse lawyer at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP today to schedule a free case review.