When you first move into a nursing home, you likely don’t expect to face neglect. Unfortunately, however, it happens more often than you’d like to think. If this has happened to you, get in touch with a lawyer from Davis & Brusca Trial Lawyers.
It’s definitely possible to file a civil lawsuit against a nursing home for negligence. There are many acts, both intentional and unintentional, in nursing homes that can make these facilities liable for health problems and injuries in patients. Examples may include negligent hiring, failure to provide sufficient medical treatment, failure to keep facility free of hazards and poor supervision.
Who Can Sue for Nursing Home Negligence?
The nursing home resident who is the victim of negligence or the person’s family can file a lawsuit against a nursing home facility for neglect.
How Is Negligence Different from Abuse?
Nursing home abuse is when a staff member purposely hurts a resident. Negligence, on the other hand, is typically unintentional. It has to do with what a staff member doesn’t do. For example, if a staff member fails to move a bed ridden patient and that patient develops bedsores, neglect has occurred.
What Are the Signs of Negligence?
Unfortunately, not all nursing home residents report negligence. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the signs of neglect, such as poor hygiene, unexplained injuries, worsening medical conditions, weight loss and fatigue. If your loved one is displaying any of these signs, he or she may be the victim of neglect.
Is It Necessary to Hire a Lawyer?
Lawsuits for nursing home negligence involve many complexities. The nursing home facility will also likely have a team of skilled lawyers on your side. That’s why it’s completely worth it to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer. He or she can help you gather evidence, locate witnesses and negotiate with the insurance company.
How Much Can You Sue for Neglect?
The amount of money you can sue for depends on several different factors, such as the severity of your injuries and cost of your medical bills. An experienced personal injury lawyer can assess the true value of your injuries and improve your chances of obtaining fair compensation.
If you’re the victim of negligence in a nursing home, you should schedule a consultation with a lawyer from Davis & Brusca Trial Lawyers.