Hamill Law Firm Announces Award Against Lifecare Nursing Home; Lifecare Found Responsible For Injuries to a Hamill Client

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In July, 2011 Judge James Ryan (Ret) in Boston, Massachusetts found Lifecare of Lynn, Massachusetts responsible for the injuries to the resident and ordered Lifecare to pay damages to the residents family. A verdict of $376,000 was assessed against Lifecare. The injured resident died from pneumonia 3 weeks after the fall. The judgment has been paid in full.

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State nursing home laws require that at all times a responsible staff member shall be on duty and immediately accessible, to whom patients or residents can report injuries, symptoms of illness, emergencies, other discomfort or complaint

According to court documents, n the evening of June 13, 2008, Geraldine M., a handicapped resident at Lifecare nursing home in Lynn, Massachusetts rolled off a curb outside the facility while an attendant turned away. She suffered leg fractures, and died 3 weeks later from Pneumonia. Prior to the fall she had been locked outside by Lifecare. Geraldine required proper supervision while outside. She was a documented safety risk with a "high risk" for falling. Geraldine was totally dependent on Lifecare for her care. She was incapacitated by extensive rheumatoid.

Suit was filed in Essex Superior Court Docket #ESCV2009-01262-D. Pursuant to Court mandated arbitration, the case was heard and the decision entered against Lifecare on July 5, 2011.
State nursing home regulations regarding patient safety required that (1) "At all times a responsible staff member shall be on duty and immediately accessible, to whom patients or residents can report injuries, symptoms of illness, emergencies, other discomfort or complaint".

Federal safety regulation 42 CFR §483.25(h) entitled "accidents" required that the nursing facility must ensure that (1) The resident environment remains as free from accident hazards as is possible; and (2) Each resident receives adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents.

The Hamill Firm of Quincy, Massachusetts concentrates their practice on advocating for elderly nursing home residents and has a successful track record of verdicts and settlements including some of the highest “emotional distress” verdicts ever awarded in Massachusetts. Hamill encourages all residents injured by neglect in Massachusetts nursing homes to call for a free evaluation of their claim.

Consumers are also invited to use the many free nursing home consumer resources available at the Hamill law firm website.

Such resources include:

  • a free guide to stopping abuse
  • nursing home abuse blog
  • residents rights]information
  • recent verdicts won by the firm
  • why and how to avoid arbitration agreements

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