Rhode Island Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys
Nursing Home abuse cases involve complex areas of the law. You need a lawyer with the experience and resources to take on the large corporations that often own our local nursing homes. Attorney Mike Bottaro and his team have experienced success for victims of nursing home abuse in Rhode Island. You can view some of our case results here.
How widespread is the problem of neglect and abuse in nursing homes? The National Center on Elder Abuse reports that 44 percent of nursing home residents say they have been abused, and an astonishing 95 percent say they have either seen a resident neglected or been neglected themselves.
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 the nursing home setting. While, sadly, the statistics show that negligent and abusive treatment may actually be the norm, that does not mean it is right. In fact, due to the widespread nature of nursing home negligence and abuse, it is critically important that victims and their family members stand up for their legal rights.
Take Action Against Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing homes and other skilled nursing facilities are required by law to provide their residents with an acceptable standard of care. 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 the standard of care.
The saddest part about nursing home mistreatment is that it is 100 percent preventable. Yet, residents are often powerless to protect themselves. This is why the attorneys and staff at Bottaro Law Firm as so passionate about helping victims hold their nursing homes responsible and fight for just compensation.
The Cases We Handle
Bottaro Law Firm represents elderly residents and their family members in cases involving all types of nursing home abuse and neglect. If you or a loved one has been injured in a nursing home, we encourage you to contact us right away.
Some of the cases we see most frequently include:
Falls Resulting from Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse
Statistics show that senior citizens living in nursing homes are twice as likely to suffer falls as compared to those living at home. Falls can be extremely dangerous for elderly nursing home residents, often resulting in chronic pain, permanent physical limitations, anxiety, and even death. Victims of fall-related injuries in nursing homes deserve to receive financial compensation for their losses. Learn more about possible signs that a fall may be due to negligence or abuse and what to do after a nursing home fall.
Nursing Home Prescription Errors
The vast majority of nursing home residents take multiple prescriptions every day. With so many bottles and pills, it is easy for elderly patients to lose track of when and how to take all of their medications. As a result, many nursing home residents rely on nurses and other staff members to track and administer their medications for them.
Tragically, medication errors in nursing homes result in numerous deaths and leave many, many residents in dangerous medical conditions every year. Learn about common prescription errors in nursing homes and what Bottaro Law Firm can do to help.
Malnutrition Due to Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse
Malnutrition is also exceedingly common in nursing homes that fail to provide their residents with the appropriate standard of care. Malnutrition is dangerous not only because of its own effects, but because it can lead to many other dangerous conditions as well. Learn about the warning signs of malnutrition and common nursing home errors that put residents at risk.
Dehydration Due to Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse
The same types of errors and negligent treatment that can lead to medication errors and malnutrition can also lead to dehydration. Dehydration is especially dangerous for elderly nursing home residents, who may already be in weakened states or unable to care for themselves. Learn more about the risks of dehydration and how to protect yourself or your loved one in the event of improper care.
Decubitus Ulcers in Nursing Homes
Decubitus ulcers, also known as “pressure ulcers” or “bedsores,” are preventable injuries that result from inadequate and improper nursing home care. If not treated, these can become life-threatening injuries that can leave elderly victims in severe pain and extreme discomfort. Learn about when decubitus ulcers occur and how victims can seek financial compensation for their injuries.
Injuries During Wandering or Elopement from a Nursing Home
Part of nursing homes’ duty of care includes ensuring that residents are safe at all times. Whether due to deteriorating mental health or other reasons, many nursing home residents end up wandering or eloping from their facilities. If a resident suffers an injury while they should have been under supervision, the nursing home may be financially responsible. Learn more about nursing home wandering and elopement.
Contact the Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse Attorneys at Bottaro Law Firm
If you or a loved one is suffering and you suspect nursing home negligence abuse, attorney Mike Bottaro and the legal team at Bottaro Law Firm are here to help you understand your rights and take action to protect yourself. Getting help is as easy as sending us an email or picking up the phone.
To speak with someone about your situation, call Bottaro Law Firm at (866) 529-9700 or contact us online today. With offices in Pawtucket, RI, we serve clients throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.