New Hampshire Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Elderly woman at risk of abuse in New Hampshire nursing home

Nursing homes are supposed to be places where elderly people can receive the medical attention, living environment and social support that they need to live a meaningful life. Serious problems arise when nursing homes do not treat elderly people with dignity and instead abuse or neglect them. It is the job of family members to hold nursing homes accountable for this inhumane treatment and to seek help from New Hampshire nursing home lawyers when this happens.

In New Hampshire, over 60 percent of nursing homes were cited in 2008 for having deficiencies in maintaining professional standards. Even worse, 31 percent of nursing homes experienced issues with food sanitation. Food may not have been properly prepared for residents or may have been spoiled in these facilities. Over 25 percent of New Hampshire nursing homes also have issues in providing comprehensive care plans for residents. These nursing homes are unable to develop care plans that adequately address all of the needs and services that residents require. If you suspect that a loved one is being neglected or abuse, then you should speak with a New Hampshire nursing home lawyer today about a potential course of action. New Hampshire nursing home lawyers will see to it that the needs of your loved one are met and that administrators face the penalties.

New Hampshire Nursing Home Laws

Nursing homes are required to operate under standards that are imposed by federal and state laws. For Medicare and Medicaid, there are reimbursement systems with strict guidelines that must be met. All too often, nursing home administrators attempt to get around these strict guidelines just so they can collect Medicaid or Medicare reimbursements from residents. They may not provide services like physical therapy that a resident should be receiving on a regular basis. They may not be providing adequate social activities to uphold the dignity of residents in the facility. These are a couple of ways in which nursing homes attempt to skirt around Medicaid provisions in such a manner as to constitute Medicaid fraud.

Exploitation, abuse and neglect are some of the other legal terms used to describe the insufficient care provided by a nursing home. The laws which govern the care of elderly people in New Hampshire are the Ombudsman and Protective Services to Adults Act and the Adult Protection Program Act. Under these Acts, the ombudsman is required to maintain a reporting system that can be used for the filing of complaints. Anyone who makes a good faith complaint of abuse or neglect, apart from the person being accused of such behavior, is entitled to immunity under the acts.

When adults are subject to being abused, neglected or exploited, they are provided with special protections under these laws. These laws ensure that they will have a safe place to go to escape such harm. A judge may enter an order that provides emergency placement of the vulnerable adult into a safer facility.

The Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

There are signs of nursing home neglect that any family member or close friend should watch out for in the nursing home. It is easy to note signs of physical abuse, because a vulnerable adult will have the following characteristics:

  • Depressed or anxious
  • Scratches on the face
  • Open wounds and bleeding
  • Unusual bruising throughout the body
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Fractured bones
  • Increased weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Isolation
  • Withdrawal from family and friends

If you notice any of these signs, then you should immediately file a report with the ombudsman of New Hampshire. A New Hampshire nursing home lawyer can also help you decide how to best proceed in the case. New Hampshire nursing home lawyers will help you to protect the rights of your loved one.

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Contact New Hampshire Nursing Home Lawyers Today

Call a New Hampshire nursing home lawyer to get the help that you need to obtain compensation for a loved one and understand New Hampshire nursing home laws. If your loved one has suffered from injuries, then chances are that a New Hampshire nursing home lawyer can help him or her to obtain damages as a form of recovery.  Our attorneys are ready to help families throughout New Hampshire in areas such as:

  • Concord
  • Derry
  • Dover
  • Keene
  • Laconia
  • Manchester
  • Nashua
  • Portsmouth
  • Rochester

Talk to a lawyer today to receive the help that you need.

Nursing Home Negligence

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS

  • 3 years with Discovery Rule. (N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. §508:4)
  • Medical malpractice – 2 years. Actions against health care providers must be filed within two years of the malpractice. A minor under age eight has until the tenth birthday to file a medical malpractice action. For foreign object cases, suit must be filed within two years of insertion of the foreign object or within two years of discovering the foreign object, whichever is earlier. (N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. §507-C:4)

DAMAGES CAP

  • None.

Wrongful Death

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS

DAMAGES CAP

  • Damages for loss of familial relationship are limited to $50,000, except where party recovering is a spouse, child, parent, or dependent relative. Damages for loss of society and loss of companionship may be awarded to a surviving spouse for up to $150,000. (N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. §556:12;  N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. §556:13)

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