After being left unattended by negligent staff members, a patient at a Providence, RI nursing home fell down a flight of stairs and sustained very serious injuries. The patient had been left unattended near an open door leading to a stairwell. The man sustained serious injuries and had to be hospitalized. However, he sought the legal advice of d’Oliveira & Associates, who remained jointly responsible for the case with an experienced Providence nursing home abuse lawyer, who obtained a $385,000 out-of-court settlement for the injured man’s Rhode Island nursing home abuse lawsuit.
How Can You Avoid Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?
The best way to avoid nursing home abuse or neglect is to choose the right nursing home for yourself or a loved one. A good starting point is to narrow your search to nursing homes with good reputations. Whether it be through a friend, co-worker, or even online reviews, it is of great importance that you get a nonbiased opinion on the facility. Furthermore, once you’ve narrowed your search down even further, be sure to take a tour of the facilities. When you are there, observe and ask as many questions as possible. Another good tip that we offer our clients, is to ask current residents questions and try to get their honest opinion on the staff, accommodations, etc. Finally, once you’ve chosen a nursing home, talk to them and visit as much as possible to make sure they are getting the care they need and deserve.
What Are Some Red Flags For Nursing Home Abuse?
As previously stated, once your loved one has moved into a nursing home, be sure to contact them and visit as much as possible. Aside from the benefit it has for the patient, one of the major red flags for nursing home abuse is delay or refusal of personal access to your loved one during normal business hours. When you are visiting, take notice of how much privacy the staff gives you. It may be a red flag if the staff is “breathing down your neck” during your visits, because there may be something they don’t want you to figure out. Also, be on the lookout for other indicators of nursing home abuse, such as dirty bedding, dirty clothes, or poor hygiene. These all suggest that the patients aren’t getting the hands on care that they require.
Why Call d’Oliveira & Associates
If you or a loved one has been injured while receiving care at a nursing home facility, do not hesitate to contact an experienced RI nursing home abuse lawyer, who can help you understand your legal rights. We work with some of the most experienced nursing home abuse lawyers in the state who can file a lawsuit on your behalf and will charge absolutely no legal fees until you get the settlement or award you are entitled to. Feel free to contact us at any time at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online, for a free (no-obligation) case consultation.