If You Suspect Nursing Home Neglect

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When a loved one is placed in a nursing home, proper care and dignified treatment are expected. Unfortunately, many nursing homes fail to live up to the promise of care and dignified treatment. This is a problem encounters in all types of long-term care facilities throughout the Commonwealth.

A primary cause behind nursing home negligence is an influx of large corporations entering the nursing home industry. The motive of such organizations is purely profit-driven, with quality of patient care coming a distant second. It is common for such corporate-owned care facilities to cut staff to bare-bones levels and utilize less-experienced, lower-salaried staff instead of more experienced workers.

These changing dynamics in the nursing home industry are having a direct impact on patient care. There are more instances of abuse, neglect and patient injury than we have ever seen in the past.

Abuse has no place in any environment—especially an environment designed to care for our elders. Unfortunately, we continue to see abusive acts carried out by nursing home staff, visitors, and other patients in many facilities. Taking action to correct such situations is not only a legal right, but a moral right for the well being of other patients at a poorly run care facility.

If you suspect your loved one is suffering from neglect and improper care, contact The Law Offices of Dennis J. Ellis and Associates today for a free consultation. Your initial consultation is free of charge and you will pay no attorney’s fees unless we recover compensation for you.

Call us at 508-739-2000 to schedule your consultation today.

We provide services in Spanish and Portuguese for clients not fluent in English.

What Does a Premises Liability Case Involve?

Premises liability cases involve a personal injury sustained because of a defect or condition on the premises of another person or business. Problems such as defective staircases, defective handrails, defective stairways, defective metal gratings, dangerous holes, broken steps, broken concrete, slippery floors and trip hazards pose serious risks to invited guests who have no knowledge of the defect.

Injuries from premises defects can also be devastating ranging from brain injuries, to broken bones, to internal injuries which require surgery. Quadriplegia and paraplegia can also be caused by back and neck injuries from premises defects.

Most buildings and premises are governed by building and safety codes which require that the property meet or exceed certain standards. Often, to save money, building or landowners fail to comply with these codes thereby posing serious safety hazards. When these codes are updated to address safety concerns, premises owners often fail to bring their property up to standard. Premises experts such as architects, engineers and safety personnel are usually required to examine the premises to expose these code and safety violations.

Moreover, previous complaints about the defective premises often go unaddressed until litigation is instituted. Investigators and other experts are often necessary to research the prior history of a property regarding these complaints.

The type of property insurance and the relationships of the various owners and tenants of the property are also issues to consider in a premises liability action. Finger pointing between mutual landowners or between a building owner and lessee is common. Usually, their agreements are important in determining who has the primary responsibility for the defective condition of the property.