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Nursing home abuse is, unfortunately, a common claim. Often those most vulnerable are most susceptible to abuse and neglect. Nursing home patients are entitled to be treated in a certain manner and reside in a facility conforming to certain standards. In many states there are laws in place defining these standards and what actions by a facility may constitute abuse. Abuse may include intentional infliction of harm, injury caused by neglect or omissions, unreasonable confinement, or sexual abuse. Please be aware this list is not exhaustive and many acts or omissions may constitute abuse. Members of Goodnow|McKay are experienced with these claims and are here to help. We are committed to helping our clients recover fair compensation. We are often able to negotiate reasonable settlements with the responsible insurance companies, but we are willing to fight for our clients through trial if  necessary.

Abuse Defined:


Abuse can be a broad term under state law and many different acts may constitute abuse. Common acts include:


  • Unreasonable confinement
  • Taking advantage of a vulnerable adult for the gain of another
  • Neglect, generally seen as a pattern of acts or omissions that deprive a patient of the appropriate standard of living.


Common Signs of Abuse:


  • Bed sores
  • Weight loss
  • Mood swings
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Depression
  • Unsanitary Living Conditions


Damages for Nursing Home Abuse:


Nursing home negligence actions may be able to recover past, present, and future medical expenses, as well as non-economic damages such as pain and emotional distress related to the incident. The types of actions and method of recovery vary depending on the severity of the injury, the damages sustained, the economic harm suffered, and the general circumstances surrounding the case. It is important to find a lawyer who understands the serious and critical nature of the situation of a vulnerable loved one in a nursing home.




Members of Goodnow|McKay are vigilant in research and advocacy on behalf of injury victims. Please see the linked articles below related to nursing home abuse and the exploitation of vulnerable adults:


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