When health care professionals at nursing homes do not ensure patient safety and health, they can be found negligent. Negligent behavior in a nursing home can be seen in a variety of ways including, abuse, neglect, malnutrition, medical errors, bedsores, and untreated injuries.
If you suspect a loved one has been subjected to nursing home neglect or abuse, it is important to reach out to an attorney to discuss all legal options. The Boston personal injury attorneys at Colucci Colucci & Marcus, P.C. have been providing exceptional representation for nearly 30 years and have the experience you want on your side.
A nursing home in Watertown is facing possible allegations of abuse and elder neglect. Police turned the case over to the Middlesex County Attorney General’s office after receiving a call from a resident’s daughter about bruises on her mother’s face. According to a Boston Globe article, the nursing home told police that the resident had a history of hitting herself—the daughter said this was not true.
On further investigation into the nursing home, the prosecutor’s office has found that in the span of two years, there were two-hundred and seventy-two (272) 911 calls made from the facility. There were also reports of firefighters finding injured residents lying alone on the floor, electrical outlets in rooms not working, and staff members not attending to patients in peril and leaving them to die.
The investigations are still ongoing and almost a year after the investigations started, the nursing home has announced a change in ownership.
The Massachusetts attorney general’s office recently reached a $90,000 settlement with Milton nursing home after charges of neglect of a resident. The nursing home’s neglect led to the death of a resident due to failure to comply with specific emergency nursing regulations.
Milton operates Brush Hill Care Center where the incident occurred. The settlement amount will be distributed to the managing company with instructions to improve safety and quality of care, as well as the implementation of compliance programs.
The facility neglected to implement emergency care when a resident was found unresponsive. Due to the worker’s inability to respond to the situation and mark it as an emergency, the patron died.
In addition to this settlement, the attorney general’s office reached seven (7) different settlements with various long-care, nursing facilities across the state.
Nursing home neglect is a serious issue and those responsible for the abuse, neglect, or other wrongdoings should be held liable for the negligent behavior. If your loved one has been injured in any way during their stay at a nursing home, it is imperative that you contact an attorney as soon as you become aware of the situation.
Our attorneys at Colucci Colucci & Marcus are prepared to help you hold all parties liable and can help prove negligence. Contact our Boston personal injury attorneys at Colucci Colucci & Marcus, P.C. Call us at 617-698-6000 or send us an email for a free introductory consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers.