There are nearly 400 nursing homes in the state of Massachusetts, and the need for such facilities is only expected to rise in tandem with the increasing population of aging citizens. Every nursing home in the Commonwealth must be licensed by the Department of Public Health, but unfortunately, that is no guarantee against neglect and/or abuse of residents.
There are a variety of types of negligence and abuse that can occur in an elder and/or nursing home environment, including:
- Caregiver neglect
- Emotional/verbal abuse
- Financial exploitation
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
Any and all of these are unacceptable and qualify as elder abuse under Massachusetts law.
At Sheff & Cook, we pride ourselves on our storied legacy of advocating for the rights of Massachusetts residents, particularly those who are the most vulnerable. Every elder care facility has a legal duty to provide a certain standard of care to its residents and those that fail in this duty, whether intentionally or not, must be held accountable.
When litigating a case of nursing home negligence and/or abuse, we bring all of our firm’s substantial resources to bear. This includes assigning a team of experienced attorneys to each client, rather than a single lawyer. This unique approach gives us the ability to thoroughly investigate your claim and gather the evidence to substantiate your case. We’ve cultivated a network of medical experts with access to advanced diagnostic technology to help pinpoint the root cause of injuries and develop long-term plans to cover future living and treatment expenses.
If you or a loved one has experienced life-altering injuries due to nursing home negligence or abuse, it’s critical to choose a personal injury law firm with a strong track record and an unwavering commitment to client care. When you choose Sheff & Cook, you’re partnering with a formidable team of litigators who will treat you with the utmost respect while fighting for the exceptional results you deserve.
Signs of Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse
The signs of mistreatment in a nursing home or assisted living setting can vary depending on the type of neglect or abuse being committed:
- Self- or caregiver neglect OR physical or sexual abuse: Malnutrition, dehydration, pressure marks or bed sores, cuts, burns, bruises, wandering or other unsafe behavior, mismanagement of medications
- Emotional/verbal abuse: Belittling or threatening behavior from staff, uncharacteristic depression or fear, withdrawal from normal activities, strained relationships
Financial exploitation: Sudden, unexpected changes in financial status