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Maine Nursing Home Accident Lawyers

Many people are injured and even killed in nursing facilities.  The injuries range from fractures that occur when someone is dropped while being transferred, to choking injuries and infectious diseases.  The lawyers at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott are experienced in prosecuting claims against nursing homes.

Nursing facilities are highly regulated by the State of Maine through the Department of Health & Human Services (“DHHS”).  DHHS has regulations which are intended to create a high quality and safe environment for people in those facilities.  They include very detailed requirements.  If someone is injured in a Maine nursing facility, the State regulations are an excellent starting point for an investigation.

Determining the Cause of the Injury.

Our lawyers also investigate the root cause of accidental injuries.  Many times if someone is carelessly hurt, the real culprit is not the carelessness of the healthcare worker as much as it is poor training or equipment.  Particularly where the task is repetitive, such as transferring a patient, each facility must have training protocols and equipment in place so that the procedure may be done safely thousands of times.  That training must recognize that workers are fallible and that they must do things in such a fashion so that they may be done safely, repetitively, thousands of times.

Medical Malpractice Screening Requirement.

In Maine, all nursing home injury cases must proceed through a medical malpractice screening process.  The panel is made up of a healthcare professional (usually a nurse), a lawyer, and a panel chair (usually a person with judicial experience).  Evidence is presented to the panel in a one day hearing.  The panel’s decision is given to a jury if the case must be tried.  The screening panel process adds a layer of delay in these cases, but sometimes results in an earlier settlement of the case.

The experienced personal injury lawyers at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott are very familiar with the State regulations, determining root causes of accidental injuries and the medical malpractice screening panel through which such cases must proceed.

We help clients injured at Maine nursing facilities.  If you want to learn more about your legal options against a nursing home, contact us at 1-800-639-7026 or contact us online.