When a loved one becomes unable to care for themselves many families experience feeling of guilt when the decision is made to place them in assisted living. Imagine how they feel when they suspect their loved one is being abused or mistreated? According to the Office of the Inspector General nursing home abuse and elder abuse goes greatly underreported. Between 2017 and 2018, 1 in 6 adults aged 60 or older suffered some type of abuse while in a community setting, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Where can families of abused elders turn for help? I’ve seen this scenario play out time and again as a private investigator. I’ve sat at the dining room table of adult children who seem to have no place to turn. Many have contacted local police departments to file abuse reports, however never get the resolve they were hoping for. Unfortunately, without hard evidence or something more than mere suspicion, law enforcement is helpless.
The answer lies in finding a good personal injury attorney and a good private investigator. I’ve had the honor of working with some of the best personal injury attorneys in Massachusetts. Those that specialize in nursing home abuse cases have teams of medical professionals on staff to evaluate medical records and determine whether injuries are consistent with the nursing home’s explanation. Oftentimes, nursing home abuse consists of aides rough handling of mom or dad that leaves bruises, cuts or other wounds. Other times the abuse is merely a lack of attention to clean dressings that become infections. Limbs have been lost because nursing home aides fail to take proper care of injuries. Infectious bed sores are an everyday occurrence because the aids did not follow proper procedure in turning the patient or properly cleaning wounds.
If you have a loved one in assisted living or suspect the caregiver is not tending appropriately to their injuries, contact me for a free, no obligation consultation. If you need the name of an attorney in Massachusetts that specializes in nursing home abuse cases please contact me and I’ll offer a free referral to a trusted, professional personal injury attorney.
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