Nursing homes are entrusted with the care of our relatives who often can no longer care for themselves. Such care can come at great personal expense. Unfortunately, this trust is too frequently misplaced as the elderly inhabitants of a nursing home may become targets of abuse, neglect and even theft. This sometimes results in patients suffering major personal injuries, or even dying due to the neglect or abuse of staff members. Staff members and the facility may then be held fiscally liable for the injuries that they cause.
To prevent future injuries, Massachusetts regulators have ordered a nursing home in Brockton, Massachusetts to refrain from accepting new patients. The order comes after officials concluded that the residents of Braemoor Health Center are in “immediate jeopardy” of harm. Braemoor came under scrutiny after workers failed to respond appropriately when one resident suffered a heart attack and another desperately needed oxygen. Both patients survived, but officials became concerned regarding the facility’s ability to appropriately respond to medical emergencies.
According to bostonglobe.com, state officials sent a public letter stating that Braemoor failed to “ensure that supplies and equipment were available and in working order to staff responding to residents in cardiac or respiratory arrest.” This is not the first time there have been concerns on the quality of care at Braemoor. In 2014, staff and officials faced increased scrutiny after a resident fell and broke her hip and was not given medical attention for two days. Officials are continuing to monitor and work with Braemoor regarding their equipment and training.
In additional to facing criminal charges, abusive nursing homes and their aides may be sued for money damages in civil court. If you or a family member have been a victim of nursing home abuse, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your physical injuries, as well as any other hardships caused by the events. Call us 24/7 at 617-787-3700, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!