If you or a loved one has sustained injury or death from nursing home abuse, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and wrongful death (in some cases), among other losses. Our firm is working with experienced nursing home abuse lawyers in Rhode Island (RI) and there is no fee unless you win a settlement or award. Contact us for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.
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Common RI Nursing Home Abuse Cases:
What is a RI Nursing Home Abuse Case Worth?
In most cases, you or a loved one may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering, among other losses. Read more.
What are our Best Nursing Home Abuse Settlements?
- $450,000 – For a man who developed bedsores and pneumonia.
- $400,000 – For a woman who developed bedsores, resulting in hospitalization.
- $185,000 – For a man who sustained a broken leg in a RI nursing home.
Nursing Home Wrongful Death Cases
Wrongful death in a nursing home occurs when the neglect of a resident results in death. The more common way this happens is when the nursing home staff fail to recognize a serious medical issue such as a heart attack or stroke before it is too late. Another, less common cause, is when staff fail to notice an infection or malnourishment of a resident that becomes so severe leading to death. We work with some of the most experienced RI nursing home abuse lawyers that can help you determine if the death of a loved one was caused by abuse or neglect.
What Legal Rights do Nursing Home Residents Have?
Nursing home residents have rights specially protected under both federal and state laws. For example, in 1987, Congress passed the Nursing Home Reform Act, which requires each state to develop regulations protecting the rights of nursing home residents.
Some of these rights include the right to:
- See Visitors
- Request Medical Records
- Request Information Regarding Treatment
- Refuse Medical Treatment
- Choose your own Doctor
- Freedom from Restraints or Sedation
- Social and physical activities
- File Grievances
- Be Free from Abuse
Nursing home facilities must provide a written statement of these rights upon request. If a facility does not adhere to or recognize these rights, it may be grounds for a nursing home abuse lawsuit.
How Can You Avoid Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?
The best way to avoid abuse is to choose a nursing home that has a good reputation in your area. To ensure that you are choosing a reputable facility, be sure to ask family, friends, or physicians for recommendations. We also urge you to take a guided tour of the facility, and then return unannounced, so you can get a feel for how the residents are actually treated.
Also, most nursing homes are subject to federal inspection, so ask to review their report card to ensure compliance with regulations with no major violations on record. Finally, once your loved one has moved into the facility, contact them and visit as much as possible.
Red Flags to Look for:
Once your loved one has moved into an assisted living facility, you should be sure to check in on them as much as possible. One red flag to look for is the delay or refusal of personal access to your loved one during normal visiting hours. Take note of the amount of privacy the staff allows you and your loved one during the visit.
If the staff is being secretive or lingering around while you visit, it may indicate that they are trying to cover up an incident. Additionally, take note of their living environment because things like dirty bedding, dirty clothes, and poor hygiene suggest that your loved one is not receiving the attention and care they need. Finally, monitor their physical and mental health conditions, because a rapid decline in their heath may indicate neglect as well.
Contact the Law Offices of d’Oliveira & Associates
If you have been injured while receiving care at an assisted living, elder care, or nursing home facility, then you should consider talking to lawyer about your legal options. The experienced Rhode Island nursing home lawyers that we work with can file a lawsuit on your behalf and charge no fee unless you win an award or settlement. Contact us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878, or submit an online contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.