Nursing homes are supposed to be safe places for loved ones to live. When you are in a position where you are unable to take care of your aging loved one on your own, a nursing home is a place you can turn to. You can count on your loved one getting the medication they need, the care they need, and they will have a safe place to live.
Unfortunately, there are times when nursing homes are not so safe. Perhaps a staff member abuses a resident or the resident is neglected in some way. Then again, a hazard may have been left in the way resulting in the resident injuring him or herself.
Regardless of what has happened or how it happened, when negligence is involved, it is your right to hold the responsible parties accountable. Chances are you have medical bills to contend with, as well as other expenses that have been incurred due to the recklessness on the part of the nursing home. Your Southern Minnesota personal injury attorney will be able to evaluate your case and determine what happened and how it happened so the evidence can be used to win your case.
Exercise Your Rights
When a loved one has been injured and those injuries have resulted in medical bills, such as rehab costs or hospitalization, it is your right to file a personal injury lawsuit. You can also file a lawsuit if your loved one passed away due to the negligence of the nursing home. Funeral expenses are among the damages that can be compensated.
Common types of nursing home malpractice include:
- Nursing home negligence
- Nursing home abuse
These two types of nursing home malpractice can encompass a wide range of issues, such as sexual and physical abuse, not turning a patient enough to avoid bed sores, not supervising residents during activities that require supervision, not administering medication properly, and much more.
Addressing Suspected Nursing Home Negligence
If you suspect that a loved one is being abused in some way, there are certain signs that you can look for. Those signs include:
- Fear or anger that is directed toward the nursing home and its staff
- Malnourished, ill, or sloppy appearance
- Bed sores and/or infections
There are several benefits to taking the necessary legal action against a nursing home that has been neglectful. Those benefits are: The family receives reimbursement for emotional suffering and financial loss, as well as sends a message to the staff and administration of the nursing home that there are consequences for negligence.
Contact A Southern Minnesota Personal Injury Lawyer
When placing a loved one into a nursing home, the purpose is for them to be cared for. If they are neglected or abused in some way, then the consequences can be very serious. If you have had a loved one who has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, you may be able to hold the nursing home liable for the damages. To learn more about your rights and options, call Farrish Johnson Law Office, CHTD at 507-625-2525 for a free consultation.