When To Sue A Nursing Home For Negligence
For some families, the decision to place their loved one into a nursing facility is made for them suddenly due to an aggressive illness or accident. Other families struggle for days, weeks, months, and even years over whether the time is right to put their cherished loved one in a nursing home. Either way, there is comfort from knowing they are being cared for by compassionate professionals.
That peace of mind can be destroyed when it turns out that nursing homes staffs are not immune from negligence or employees who simply do not care. The elderly and the disabled can be subjected to awful abuses and callous neglect, including:
- Broken bones
- Sexual abuse
- Verbal abuse
- Physical abuse
As if realizing the people you’ve trusted to care for your loved one failed isn’t enough, you are now left to deal with the insurance companies who cover the negligent nursing homes and their employees. Those insurance company dragons will do everything in their power to prevent providing fair compensation for what your loved one has been through.
At Roberts & Harris PC, we are prepared to go medieval on the insurance dragons to make sure you get the result you deserve. Our team includes a former insurance company defense lawyer who knows how to defeat them at their own game. Our record of results includes a $1 million nursing home negligence settlement.
What Is Nursing Home Negligence?
Humans make mistakes and accidents happen. Nursing home negligence goes beyond that, encompassing the willful neglect of nursing home patients by nursing homes and nursing home staff. For example, neglecting to have a thorough schedule in place can result in bedridden patients being left in the same position for days and developing bed sores. Failing to prepare and make sure there are enough staff members in place to provide necessary care is not a simple mistake, it is negligence. Such negligence that results in injuries or death needs to be called out and those responsible must be held accountable.
How To Spot Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect
There are many physical signs you can look out for while visiting loved ones in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Signs such as cuts, scrapes, and bruises can be easily noticed. Other signs such as bed sores may require a more diligent search. Signs such as weight loss can take longer to become apparent when a loved one is being malnourished. If you notice any of these signs it’s important to have a conversation with your loved one and point out these signs to the nursing home staff. If you are given the runaround or their stories just don’t seem to add up, it’s time to seek the help of an attorney with experiencing pursuing nursing home abuse and neglect cases.
Don’t forget to look – and listen – for the emotional signs of abuse and neglect. These signs include a loved one speaking less than usual, appearing to be withdrawn, “down” or depressed. You may notice your loved one acting anxious or jittery, particularly when nursing home staff is nearby. These can all be signs that abuse or neglect is taking place and need to be thoroughly investigated. Remember, you know your family members better than anyone else does. If something seems wrong to you it probably is.
Trust Your Gut
Does something seem wrong when you visit your loved one in a nursing home or call them to chat? If you have a nagging feeling that something isn’t right, chances are you’re right. For example, it would be far better to investigate the situation and find out that your mother’s bruises were truly from an accident than to find out she is being abused by nursing home staff. If the worst-case scenario is uncovered, you will at least be able to pursue a judgment against those responsible and hopefully prevent more families from suffering at their hands in the future.
How To Choose Legal Representation For A Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit
Nursing homes and their insurance providers will not take an elder abuse lawsuit lying down; they will fight aggressively to avoid providing the compensation your loved one deserves. It is important to make sure you have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side with a track record of achieving results in nursing home cases. At Roberts & Harris PC we offer representation from a former insurance company defense lawyer. We know the games they will play and, more importantly, how to level the playing field and triumph on behalf of our clients.
It’s Your Family’s Pain. Keep More Of Your Family’s Treasure.
You’ve been through hell and back to take care of your loved one’s interests. You deserve the proceeds of your personal injury claim. With our low fees, you don’t have to sacrifice your financial recovery to get the representation you need from proven attorneys. Call 877-404-1138 or contact us online to request a consultation.