Newport, RI Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Nursing home abuse is a serious problem in our country. Staff at nursing homes that abuse their residents should be held to justice. Although we put our trust in nursing homes to provide the highest level of care for our loved ones, caregivers unfortunately sometimes take advantage of the most vulnerable members of our families. Nursing homes have a duty to keep their residents safe and secure, and when they fail in that duty in any way, they can be held financially accountable.
Nursing home abuse can have wide-reaching consequences for your loved ones’ physical and mental health. If you believe that your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, the Newport, Rhode Island nursing home abuse lawyers of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Ltd. will strive to get you the compensation that you and your family deserves. Call us today at (401) 751-8855 to schedule a completely free initial consultation.
How Can a Lawyer Help With My Nursing Home Abuse Case?
Like any personal injury case, nursing home abuse cases involve complex legal processes, such as proving negligence by a preponderance of the evidence. This can be difficult to do without the help of an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer, particularly when your family is trying to recover from such a horrific situation. A personal injury lawyer will be able to communicate effectively with insurance companies, state agencies, and nursing homes on your behalf, gathering the necessary evidence and winning the compensation you need. With a lawyer on your side, you are likely to recover far more money than you would trying to handle your case on your own.
Why Hire the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Ltd. to Handle My Case?
Ronald J. Resmini has been practicing in Rhode Island for five decades. He has authored numerous legal handbooks and scholarly publications and appeared in front of the Rhode Island supreme court during his career. Additionally, Mr. Resmini is a member of the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys and has been named as a Super Lawyer in Rhode Island each year since 2011, a distinction that is given only to top attorneys in each state.
Mr. Resmini and his three sons, R. Jason Resmini, Adam Resmini, and Andrew Resmini, closely evaluate all of the details of each unique case. We will never use a one-size-fits-all method for your case, because we know your situation and your family is unique. Nursing home abuse can be a complicated practice area with many different parties involved, and we believe that our clients should never have to go through such an ordeal alone.
Nursing Home Abuse Cases We Handle
Nursing home abuse can be perpetrated by nursing home staff, other residents, and visitors. The main forms of nursing home abuse are:
- Physical Abuse: Some nursing home staff resort to pushing, shoving, slapping, or inappropriate restraining while trying to do their jobs.
- Sexual Abuse: Any unwanted sexual contact, from sexual touching to rape, constitutes sexual abuse.
- Emotional Abuse: Staff or other residents may emotionally abuse residents through verbal abuse, social isolation, threats, and other tactics.
- Financial Abuse: Financial abuse can range from stealing cash from a resident’s wallet to convincing them to alter their will in favor of the abuser.
- Neglect: Though less direct than other forms of abuse, failing to provide a nursing home resident with adequate food, water, medication, and other necessities constitutes neglect, which is a form of abuse.
Nursing home abuse is not always immediately apparent, and some forms are harder to spot than others. Watch out for the following warning signs of abuse:
- Skin eruptions, such as rashes and bed sores
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Sudden or noticeable weight loss without explanation
- Signs of physical trauma such as bruises or welts
- Uncharacteristic lack of personal hygiene
- Unexplained injuries
- Unexplained changes in personality
- Withdrawing from social situations
- Sudden changes to estate planning documents
- Not being allowed to be alone with your loved one
If nursing home staff members are unable to explain the reasons for any of the above symptoms, or are hesitant to do so, this could be cause for concern. Unfortunately, your elderly loved one may be hesitant to come forward about their abuse for fear of retribution.
Nursing home abuse or negligence can be dangerous and devastating to the health and safety of your loved ones. If can affect their mental and physical health and leave scars that will impact their ability to live a happy and healthy life. Therefore it is important to carefully establish a dialogue regarding your loved one’s daily experiences in the nursing home, in order to make them more comfortable in coming forward about any potential abuse.
If you are successful in bringing a nursing home abuse claim, you could win compensation for costs including medical expenses, rehabilitative expenses, therapy costs, costs to relocate your loved one, and pain and suffering. In the event that your loved one passed away as a result of their abuse, the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini can also help you bring a wrongful death claim on their behalf. Through this, you could recover funeral and burial expenses, as well as compensation for loss of consortium and other costs.
Contact the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Ltd. Today
Our Newport, RI personal injury attorneys bring extensive legal experience and knowledge to our clients’ nursing home abuse cases. We will fight to bring abusers to justice and get your family the compensation that you deserve. Our compassionate and competent attorneys are here to help you through every step of the legal process. We will be able to help evaluate the details of your case and carefully explain all the legal options available to you.
Personal injury claims, including nursing home abuse claims, carry a statute of limitations of three years in Rhode Island. It is therefore important that you contact a legal professional as soon as possible. Our nursing home abuse attorneys will work to hold those responsible in your abuse case accountable through swift legal action. To speak with our legal team about your case, call the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Ltd. today at (401) 755-8855. Our initial case evaluation is confidential and completely free of charge.