Standing up for elders and their families in Maine
Our seniors deserve respect and the highest level of care. After all, they have dedicated a lifetime to their families, careers, and communities. In retirement, and as they move into the final years of their lives, living arrangements for America’s elders should be designed around dignity, compassionate treatment, and exceptional healthcare.
Unfortunately for many elders, reality falls short of that expectation. Recently, nursing homes have come under increased scrutiny for substandard care. Too many seniors are needlessly injured. Too many are neglected.
In a recent study by the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), 95 percent of nursing home residents reported they had been neglected or had seen others neglected. In the same study, more than 50 percent of nursing home staff admitted to mistreating elders.
The only way to stop this disturbing trend is to demand accountability and to hold care providers and companies responsible for these failures. The nursing home injury lawyers at Berman & Simmons are fierce advocates for seniors and their families. We have successfully represented numerous people throughout Maine who have been hurt in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other settings where seniors live or receive services.
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Injured in a nursing home? Let us be your advocate
Berman & Simmons is widely recognized as the best personal injury lawyers in Maine and among the best in the U.S.
We have obtained several of the largest jury verdicts in Maine history, and many of the largest settlements for our clients. Our attorneys are extremely knowledgeable about medical issues and skilled at proving fault, documenting the extent of your injuries, and ensuring that you receive full compensation.
These are some of the common types of injury or illness that could be the basis for a legal claim against a nursing home:
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The impact of a nursing home injury is devastating, not only for the individual who was hurt, but for his or her family. Some nursing homes and healthcare providers will do whatever they can to deflect blame from themselves, and sometimes will even try to place blame on the victim.
We can turn the tables in your favor. While our lawyers aggressively work to maximize your financial compensation, our caring and responsive staff can help reduce stress during the process. We take the time to listen to you, understand your concerns, and come up with solutions that can make life better for your family, including obtaining payment for or deferral of your debts until your case is resolved.
With us in your corner, you can focus on the health and recovery of your loved one, and get back to living your lives.
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Nursing Home Injury Tips and Tools: What should you do if a loved one has been injured in a nursing home in Maine?
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Document the environment. Take notes, photographs, and video of the living conditions as soon as possible after the injury occurs. These materials can help demonstrate substandard care.
Talk to your loved one, and the nursing home staff, about the injury. As soon as possible, you will want to record the explanations of what happened. The recollections of the victim and of the nursing home staff are often at odds.
Remove your loved one from the dangerous setting. If you believe the injury was caused by negligence, find a safe alternative setting.
Talk to other families. If possible, talk to other families whose loved ones were residents in the same home. If other residents suffered similar injuries, this might show a pattern of neglect. Ask other families to draft a statement summarizing their experiences.
Report an incident of neglect. If your loved one has been injured as the result of neglect, you should report the incident to the state department or the department of health and human services so that they can conduct a full investigation.
File a report of physical or sexual abuse. If the incident involves physical or sexual abuse at a nursing home or other senior care facility, report the incident to your local police. These are crimes, and should be investigated as such.