Rhode Island Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers
We’re able to help with cases involving a variety of types of nursing home abuse and neglect. Read our Types of Nursing Home Abuse page to find out more about the types of claims we handle.
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 the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC, 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.
The Bottaro Law Firm, LLC Clears Legal Hurdle for Nursing Home Victims
For years, Mike and his team have represented local families throughout our Rhode Island communities whose loved ones fell victim to nursing home abuse. We are proud of our many victories handling nursing home personal injury cases. In one case, Baker, et al. v. Pawtucket Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, LLC, et. al., our efforts were recognized statewide in an article for Rhode Island lawyers Weekly. There, we filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a family whose mother had died while in the care of a nursing home facility.
If you family is a victim of nursing home abuse, you should contact us for a free case review right away because these facilities are looking out for their profit over your family. This case highlights one especially repulsive practice: nursing home “mandatory arbitration clauses.” Here, when the nursing home admitted the elderly patient, they had her sign a stack of legal documents. One documents mixed in with dozens of other pages included an arbitration clause that barred her and her family from filing a lawsuit in the event of negligence! In other words, the elderly patient was unknowingly giving up her constitutional right to a trial by jury! As we got into discovery, we learned that 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.
In challenging this clause, we contended that 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.
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.