We trust nursing homes and live-in care facilities to treat our loved ones with dignity, safety, and respect. Yet reports of nursing home negligence, abuse, and neglect are all too common among residents and their families—and statistics suggest that negligence often goes unreported altogether. At Bottaro Law, we don’t think that’s right. Our nursing home abuse lawyers are here to help Rhode Island and Massachusetts families stand up for what’s right and hold these facilities accountable for their mistreatment.
If you or your loved one has been a victim of nursing home negligence, abuse, or neglect, contact us today. Our lawyers have years of experience helping injury victims and their families during some of the toughest times of their lives, and we want to help you too.
Call (401) 777-7777, or contact us online to get started now. Your initial case review is free, and with our No Fee Guarantee®, you won’t pay us for our services unless you get money for your claim.
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Bottaro Law Clears Legal Hurdle for Nursing Home Victims
In Baker, et al. v. Pawtucket Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, LLC, et. al., attorney Laura Bottaro represented a family who wished to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a woman who died while in the care of a nursing home facility.
When the patient was admitted, she signed a number of documents, including an arbitration clause that barred her and her family from filing a lawsuit against the facility in civil court. A staff member without legal training failed to explain the significance of the document to the patient, who was heavily medicated while recovering from a hip replacement operation and showed signs of cognitive impairment.
Laura Bottaro argued that while the arbitration clause itself was not flawed, the process the nursing home used to present the document to the patient was unfair. The judge ruled in favor of the patient’s family in a decision that opens the door for Rhode Island nursing home patients and their families to challenge arbitration agreements after an injury or wrongful death.
After this landmark decision, Laura was interviewed in Lawyers Weekly, and a writeup on the case was featured in Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly.
Take Action Against Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Many victims of mistreatment in nursing homes are afraid to speak up because they think they will not be taken seriously. More still live with the abuse because they assume that what they are experiencing is “normal” in a nursing home setting. While statistics show that negligent and abusive treatment may be on the rise, that doesn’t make it right. When victims and their families stand up for their legal rights, it can help stop cycles of mistreatment that may also be affecting other residents.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Cases Our Lawyers Handle
Inadequate staffing, mistakes in treatment, and ignoring patients’ needs are just a few examples of the many ways that nursing homes can fail to meet an acceptable standard of care. These and other examples of nursing home negligence, abuse, and neglect are all 100 percent preventable with appropriate training, staff supervision, and facility upkeep.
Our attorneys know nursing home laws in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and we’re ready to assist your family. Call (401) 777-7777, or contact us online to get the help you need now.