Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse Attorneys Malden, Boston

As a society, we trust nursing homes to care for those who cannot care for themselves.  Nursing homes are medical facilities that should be managed and equipped in such a way as to provide adequate care for all patients in safety, comfort, and dignity. Unfortunately, some nursing homes are more concerned with maximizing profit at the expense of their patients' health. Others are simply abusive. Like other forms of medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and abuse are potentially life-threatening problems. Our attorneys, serving Malden, Boston, Somerville, and all of Massachusetts, can help you hold these violators accountable for their irresponsible actions in court.

Signs of Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse

Nursing home negligence is defined as the failure to provide adequate care and supervision to patients in an assisted living facility. Inadequate care and supervision can be responsible for injury or death in many ways. If your loved one shows signs of nursing home negligence or abuse, contact our attorneys right away. We may be able to help you.

Some of the most common indicators of nursing home negligence are:

  • Bedsores: A bedridden person must be turned and moved multiple times during the day to prevent bedsores from forming. These open lesions are formed by unrelieved pressure resulting from immobility. Though potentially fatal, bedsores are easily prevented. If they develop, it is likely a sign of substandard care and neglect.
  • Malnutrition and Dehydration: Some patients in nursing homes do not receive adequate food and beverages, causing chronic malnutrition and dehydration.
  • Side effects from improper medication dosage: If needed medications are administered inconsistently or in improper dosages, they can cause serious side effects. For this reason, it is important to know the potential side effects of any medications being taken by your loved ones in assisted living facilities.
  • Bruises and other injuries: In cases of actual physical abuse, nursing home patients may have bruises, broken bones, and other injuries. These injuries, though uncommon, are not unheard of, and can be grounds for a sizable settlement in your favor.

Reasons for Nursing Home Abuse

For most people, it is difficult to believe that a supposed medical professional could possibly abuse the helpless patients depending on them for care. Yet nursing home abuse and negligence are surprisingly common. When they do occur, our attorneys represent residents of Malden, Boston, and nearby Massachusetts communities aggressively to ensure not only that the victims are fully compensated, but also that the negligent individuals in question will never be able to hurt another patient.

The simplest causes of nursing home abuse are poor training and understaffing. Poorly trained staff may simply be unable to provide for the needs of the people under their care, resulting in unintentional, but still unacceptable, injuries, illnesses, and wrongful deaths. As the population of the United States ages, nursing homes have more and more difficulty finding enough qualified employees who are willing to work for low wages.

Employees in understaffed nursing homes are under a great deal of stress, and they sometimes take it out on their charges in the form of physical or emotional abuse. Whatever the reason, though, nursing home abuse and negligence are totally inappropriate and unacceptable. Our attorneys help residents of the Boston area hold neglectful and abusive nursing home workers, their managers, and their employers accountable for their irresponsible actions.

Contact Our Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence Attorneys

There is no viable excuse for nursing home abuse or negligence. Contact our attorneys, serving the Boston area from Malden, Massachusetts, to explore your legal options. If a member of your family has been subjected to negligence or abuse in an assisted living facility, you may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.