Vermont Elder/Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

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In the state of Vermont, there are currently more than 4,000 people living in nursing homes. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), there are more than 18,000 nursing homes across America with 1.6 million residents. Unfortunately, the National Center on Elder Abuse reports that more than 50% of nursing homes are understaffed, which leads to stress and frustration among staff members who are already stretched thin. This, coupled with numerous other factors, may lead to elder/nursing home abuse, which currently occurs in around 30% of all nursing homes across the United States. In the span of 24 months alone, there were more than 9,000 instances of abuse reported across the United States.

Elder/nursing home abuse presents itself in many different forms, ranging from physical, sexual, and psychological abuse to malnutrition, financial exploitation, and pure neglect. If you have made the difficult decision to place a family member in a nursing home, you and your family member shouldn't have to suffer through any type of neglect or abuse at the hands of a caregiver or even other residents. If you suspect that you or someone you love has been abused or mistreated in a Vermont nursing home, contact a Vermont elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney immediately. One scam in particular that Vermont nursing home residents have been victim of is a pre-paid funeral scam.

All facilities have the obligation to protect the rights of every single resident that they take care of, including an attractive, clean, and healthy environment. They are also obligated to treat them equally, with no discrimination pertaining to the race, religion, color, nationality, ability or source of payment. Nursing home facilities are required by federal law to have policies written out in what is called the Nursing Home Resident\'s Bill of Rights, which they are also required to make available to any resident who requests them. This goes over the policies of the specific nursing home, and there must be a signed statement that indicates one has read and understood the rights before admittance. Specific rights include the right to be informed about your specific medical condition and treatment, the right to participate in planning your care and medical treatment, the right to choose your own physician, the right to manage personal finances, the right to privacy, dignity, and respect, the right to personal possessions, the right to be free from restraints and abuse in nursing homes, the right to voice grievance without retaliation, the right to be discharged or transferred only for medical reasons, and the rights of access.

If you or someone you love has suffered any type of abuse at the hands of another resident, you should also contact a Vermont civil lawyer or attorney if you are seeking damages outside of the facility.

A Vermont elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney will most likely offer a free nursing home abuse consultation where they will evaluate your case, explain your legal rights, and assess any damages they feel you are entitled to as a result of any abuse or neglect caused by a Vermont nursing home. A Vermont elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney will also be well-versed in Vermont nursing home abuse laws, so they will be well-equipped to argue your case.

If you are ready to contact a Vermont elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney, visit the website of the American Bar Association. The site features a lawyer locator to help you search for suitable Vermont attorneys.

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