Physical abuse or neglect can result in serious injury or even death. Broken bones, bed sores and open wounds are common examples of preventable personal injuries and can be basis for filing a nursing home injury lawsuit. If you or a loved one has been the victim of abuse, contact an attorney at The Law Office of Hans R. Hailey. We can help.
Grounds for Filing a Nursing Home Injury Lawsuit
Massachusetts law requires every nursing home patient to have a safety plan that should be established upon admission. If the safety plan is properly implemented and followed from the start, there is little risk of injury.
Many times an injury to an elderly patient may not be noticed. General complaints of soreness, even coupled with a sudden behavioral change, may not be recognized as symptoms of a broken bone, for example. Often the nursing home may be very reluctant to send the patient to a hospital for a complete check up for fear of having a nursing home injury lawsuit filed against them or having a lower safety rating by the Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification, part of the Department of Public Health.
When to Contact a Nursing Home Neglect Attorney
If you suspect that an elderly relative is the victim of abuse, contact a nursing home abuse lawyer at The Law Office of Hans R. Hailey. We can help you evaluate the causes of negligence and asses the damages that are associated with it. As for other types of negligence claims, there is a three year time limit to file a nursing home negligence claim.
If you have a loved one in such a position, contact us, so we can help you decide what to do.