Nursing Home Abuse
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Nursing Home Abuse in Vermont
Under Vermont law, nursing home abuse (and all forms of elder abuse) is a crime. Victims may also be entitled to compensation under the state's personal injury laws. If you or someone you love is a victim of nursing home abuse, talk to a lawyer to learn your civil and criminal legal options under state law.
Nursing Home Abuse & Vermont Personal Injury Laws
If you know or think that someone is a nursing home abuse victim, you should take several immediate steps:
- File a police report with law enforcement in the town or city in which the abuse occurred
- Contact the Vermont Long-Term Care Ombudsman
- Hire local nursing home abuse attorneys
Police and the ombudsman will launch investigations into all nursing home abuse allegations. If sufficient evidence exists, prosecutors may press criminal charges against the alleged abuser. If found guilty, the abuser faces a variety of penalties including:
- Probation or jail time
- The loss of professional licenses
Vermont nursing home abuse victims can also file personal injury lawsuits against their abusers in the Vermont Superior Court, Civil Division. A personal injury lawsuit allows victims to recover money from their abusers to pay for injury-related medical care, damaged or destroyed property, and pain and suffering.
Find & Hire a Local Vermont Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Whether you live in Burlington or Rutland, Barre or Montpelier, or elsewhere in Vermont, Attorneys.com offers a free service that can put you in touch with nursing home abuse attorneys in your area. Call us at 877-913-7222 or fill out the form on this page to get connected with a lawyer in your area.