Boston Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
It is never easy to place a family member in an assisted living facility, but often it’s the only way to provide the care your elderly loved one needs. Sadly, not all nursing homes provide quality care, and not all employees or caregivers are as professional as they should be to their residents.
If you suspect your loved one in a Boston nursing home is being abused, it is critical that you contact DiBella Law Offices, P.C., at (617) 870-0907 immediately. We can explain the level of care expected from all nursing homes in Massachusetts, and what your rights are if you feel that those service levels are not being met.
Unfortunately, seniors face many types of abuse. Physical abuse is the most common, and often there is clear evidence to tell loved ones the truth about what is happening to the resident. Signs of physical abuse can include:
- Broken bones
- Open wounds
- Marks resembling rope burns from physical restraints
- Untreated injuries
- Appearing drowsy all of the time due to the use of chemical restraint
Emotional abuse is another problem in nursing homes. There is not as much physical evidence of emotional abuse, but there are some signs as well as changes in demeanor or attitude of the resident. These signs include:
- Sudden weight loss
- Becoming withdrawn
- Exhibiting fear around some or all of the staff
Loved ones might also notice that an emotionally abused loved one is sullen, hopeless, or exhibits a complete change in personality. When asked about the change, the resident will often refuse to discuss it or claim there has been no change or issues.
Sexual abuse of the elderly is the most disrespectful of acts. Many seniors do not have the ability to consent to sexual activity, and they can be controlled or manipulated by fear. On some occasions, bruising will occur if the victim tries to resist, but most often the signs are similar to emotional abuse. The victim is often afraid and ashamed of what has happened and is reluctant to speak to family members about the abuse.
It is critical to remember that your loved one has no other place to go and is likely to be afraid and feel trapped in the event of any abuse. Speaking to the Boston personal injury lawyers at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., before taking action on your suspicions is a wise choice. We can help you develop a plan to monitor and protect your loved one in the event of an investigation.
With over a decade of experience protecting the rights of seniors in Boston, we understand that you may feel responsible and have a strong desire to seek action on behalf of your loved one. Allow the Boston nursing home abuse lawyers at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., to pursue a legal case for you while you help your loved one heal from this ordeal. Call (617) 870-0907 today to schedule a free consultation.