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Has Your Loved One Been A Victim of Nursing Home Abuse In Rhode Island?
An incredibly sobering statistic shows that upwards of 500,000 people are victims of elder abuse every single year. Many of these abuse situations happen in a nursing home. It is already hard enough to leave a loved one in the care of a nursing home, but it is absolutely heartbreaking to think that they might be the victim of abuse or neglect. If you suspect this may be the case, you should contact an experienced Nursing Home Abuse Attorney as soon as possible.
Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Leaving a loved one in the care of a nursing home is stressful enough as it is, but if you begin to suspect there may be neglect or abuse happening, it can be downright terrifying. Some common signs of abuse you should look out for include (but are not limited to):
- Unexplained bruises
- Emotionally upset or agitated behavior
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Bed sores
- Unusual and sudden changes in behavior
Any of these warning signs might be an indication of neglect, physical abuse, or emotional and verbal abuse. Federal regulations protect nursing home residents from neglect and abuse, however, that unfortunately doesn’t mean it never happens.
Who is liable for nursing home abuse?
A nursing home may be held liable for abuse or negligence depending on the particular situation. If you are able to prove that the home and/or their employees either failed to uphold their duty of care, or acted in an abusive manner.
If the nursing home’s employee perpetrated this neglect or abuse, and if it caused harm to the resident, the nursing home will be liable and you may be due compensation.
What should you do if you suspect nursing home abuse?
While every nursing home abuse case is different, the initial response to discovering abuse or neglect is critical.
- Call law enforcement. Law enforcement’s response to an incident of abuse provides an independent source of evidence that can be critical in resolving your case. In addition to calling law enforcement to help source evidence, it is crucial to immediately seek medical assistance for any serious or life-threatening injuries.
- Collect information. Do not allow any parties involved to leave the scene without first getting a full name, phone number, and other contact information. Get the names of superiours and all staff that may have had contact with the victim.
- Identify evidence. Take photographs right away of any visible injuries. If possible, also take photographs of the location where the incident occurred. These pictures will help to visually outline the events leading up to, and the damage caused by the abuse.
- Find witnesses. If anyone was present during the abuse or neglect, get their name, phone number, and address and make sure to email them to yourself right away. A photograph of an ID can also be helpful, particularly if your attorney needs to compel them to answer.
How do I file a claim against a nursing home?
The first thing you should do is file a claim with your local agency. Then you should contact a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer as soon as possible to make sure you don’t miss any steps n the process and to help ensure you or your loved one is well cared for.
What are the 3 most common complaints about nursing homes?
The most common complaints against nursing homes range from minor inconveniences (such as slow response to phone calls) to much more serious allegations (such as neglect or other abuse). If you or a loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse you would contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
What is the statute of limitations for nursing home abuse?
As with most types of cases, there is a statute of limitations for nursing home abuse claims. In Rhode Island, you have three years after the date the abuse was discovered. This is why you should call an experienced Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer as soon as possible so that you don’t run the risk of running out of time.
Finding The Best Providence Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Hiring a Providence nursing home abuse lawyer is an important decision. The best attorneys are able to evaluate your case quickly and provide advice so you can make an informed decision. No attorney should ever pretend to know the exact value of your case in advance, and you should never pay for an initial consultation. The law office of Louis W. Grande handles nursing home abuse cases on “contingency” contracts, meaning that you never pay unless we win your case.
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Louis W. Grande is committed to providing quality legal representation and, above all, personal attention to our clients’ individual needs. Conveniently located within minutes of downtown Providence on historic Smith Street, there is never a charge for an initial consultation. With evening and weekend appointments available, when your personal problems call for an experienced Rhode Island Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer, our firm is ready to assist you.
- No fee or cost unless we win your case.
- Receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.
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Before talking with the insurance companies, be sure to call our office. We are here to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We aggressively defend the rights of victims of nursing home abuse and their families as well as other personal injuries in Rhode Island. We will keep you updated on the status of your claim at all times while explaining the process and what you can expect following a nursing home abuse situation. We are fully committed to getting the most money we can for you.
The time following an instance of nursing home abuse is stressful, and we are here to offer you our legal support by fighting aggressively to defend your rights. No matter your legal situation, if you or a loved one has suffered at the hands of a nursing home, you could be compensated.
Our goal is to get you the compensation you and your family deserve to relieve the financial impact following nursing home abuse. Contact me now for help.
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