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Settlements reached in nursing home negligence cases

This month, the Massachusetts attorney general announced fines and settlements with seven different nursing home facilities in the state. This is the final resolution to the allegations of "systemic failures" that injured multiple residents and cost at least five others their lives.

Under the settlements, the nursing homes must pay fines between $30,000 and $200,000. Five of the seven involved are mandated to upgrade the training of their staff in addition to the facilities' policies.

They must also track their progress in annual audits. For three years, they must submit a progress report to the attorney general's office.

Synergy Health Centers, one of the targeted facilities, is under a seven-year ban from running taxpayer-funded nursing homes anywhere in the state.

None of the facilities will face any charges from the state under the terms of the settlements. However, none of the agreements preclude any civil action from the injured residents or the survivors of those who died as a result of the negligence. The attorney general's office noted that after the evidence was thoroughly evaluated, they decided that civil enforcement would best arise from upgrading the quality and safety of the nursing facilities.

If you lost a loved one who was a resident in a nursing home due to a caregiver's negligence, it might be possible to seek civil justice for the harm your loved one endured. Fighting for the rights of the most vulnerable residents of our state can be a deterrent to other care providers that might otherwise be tempted to render less than adequate care.

If you think that you may have a viable case, a Boston personal injury attorney can provide direction and advice so that you know how best to proceed.

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