Elderly people should and must be treated with special care due to their fragile nature. The Nursing Home Abuse Guide reports that each year about 2 million people are abused in nursing homes across the United States. Additionally, the Guide reports that one out of every ten elderly people will be abused in a nursing home at some point in their life. If you or somebody you know has been injured or involved in any kind of nursing home related abuse, you should know that the law provides remedies and can compensate you for your pain and suffering. If you would like to learn more about nursing home abuse, please do not hesitate to call our Boston nursing home abuse lawyer experts at 617-787-3700.
An elderly woman, Mary Meuse, was mistakenly dropped in a nursing home in Wilmington, Massachusetts. At the time of the incident, she had reached the age of 83. As a result of the fall, Mary broke bones. She broke both of her legs, and shortly after, began bleeding internally. Unfortunately, the injury caused her to die, when just two days after the incident, she passed away. A few days after, a lawsuit followed. The family of the victim claims that an unprofessional staff, as well as faulty training and supervision, caused Mary’s death. The nursing home is run by a New Jersey company called Synergy Health Centers. This company also owns and operates 10 other Massachusetts nursing homes. Meuse’s family lawyer, David Hoey, discussed the case and has commented on the issues: “Woodbriar, and its owner, managers, and operators, knew that inadequate staffing leads to incidents like the one that led to Ms. Meuse’s death.” The authorities have reported that the nurses at the facility learned of the victim’s broken legs on Christmas Day 2015, the day of the incident. A nursing assistant allegedly caused the fall. The nurses in charge did not communicate the injury to the family until 24 hours after, even though they had x-rays that showed how the fall had caused Mary to break her bones. Synergy has commented on the lawsuit as well: “[We] reiterate what we said at the time [of the accident.] We are saddened by the passing of one of our residents and our condolences go out to her family. We continue to work with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to ensure that we are doing all we can to keep our residents safe.”
If you or a loved one has been injured in a similar manner, you should know that compensation can be awarded. Our Boston, MA nursing home abuse lawyer specialists, and Boston personal injury lawyer experts are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to discuss your claim. Call 24/7 at 617-787-3700. You can also send an email to our expert Massachusetts attorneys at email@example.com.