We entrust nursing home institutions with the care of our elderly parents or loved ones. These nursing home institutions are required to maintain a certain standard of care and adequate staffing in order to meet the needs of their residents. In the United States, the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act protects the rights of the nursing home residents and ensures they live a high quality of life and are in good physical condition.
Various state laws supplement the protection provided at the federal level. Some nursing homes, however, fail to meet the standard of care that is required of them. In some instances, they also become a haven for physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
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Due to the inability of the residents to communicate well, and sometimes, the difficulty to admit that they are being abused, most incidents never get reported. It is your duty to spot the common signs your loved one is being abused in a nursing home.
- Open wounds, cuts and punctures;
- Lacerations, bruises, black eyes and other suspicious marks;
- Signs of restraint;
- Fear of physical contact;
- Difficulty in walking or sitting;
- A caregiver’s refusal to allow visitors to see the elder alone;
- Change in behavior;
- Excessive worrying;
- Difficulty in concentration;
- Low self-esteem
Attorney Paul d’Oliveira and his Associate Attorneys have settled thousands of personal injury cases over the past 30 years. We know who the best Rhode Island nursing home abuse lawyers are for your specific type of case in RI and MA and are committed to helping you find the best lawyer to represent you.