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The decision to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home is never an easy one, but we find comfort knowing that they’re living in a residence with round-the-clock medical care and professional support. But what happens when a loved one experiences an abuse of that care?
Nursing home facilities are designed to provide a wide range of health and personal care services to those who need it most. But sadly, many nursing home residents experience injury, negligence, and abuse from the very providers who are supposed to be caring for them and their well-being. If your loved one has been a victim of nursing home malpractice, they deserve justice—and we’re here to help hold the responsible party accountable.
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What to Know About Nursing Home Malpractice Cases
Nursing homes exist to keep older adults safe when they can no longer take care of themselves. That said, some residents suffer from nursing home malpractice at the hands of staff members or other residents. In fact, the abuse of elderly residents in managed care facilities is so prevalent that the U.S. Government Accountability Office has recommended improved oversight to protect residents from abuse. Nursing home malpractice can occur in a variety of ways, including:
- Abandonment. Many nursing home patients are unable to care for themselves and rely on staff to help them with even the most basic of needs, such as eating, dressing, and walking. Neglect of these patients and their needs can result in:
- Unsanitary or unclean living conditions
- Poor hygiene
- Bed sores or skin ulcers, which can cause infection, hospitalizations, and even death
- A general lack of proper medical treatment
- Falls. Roughly half of nursing home residents fall each year. Many of these falls lead to bone fractures or breaks, which can be disastrous for elderly residents. The staff is responsible for preventing this well-known danger by closely and constantly monitoring residents as well as assisting them with moving and walking.
- Medication errors. Mistakes such as administering the wrong medication or the wrong dosage can be potentially fatal for older adults, especially where certain medications may be essential to their health, wellbeing, or even their survival.
- Emotional abuse. Verbal and emotional abuse can be incredibly dangerous to both the physical and psychological health of nursing home residents.
- Physical abuse. This may lead to unexplained injuries such as cuts, bruises, soreness, or broken bones, and it can also be both physically and emotionally damaging to residents.
- Sexual assault. This kind of abuse can lead to residents contracting sexually transmitted diseases, or suffering from physical and psychological pain for years to come.
- Death. Elderly adults who are abused in nursing homes have a 40% higher risk of death than those who are not abused. If your loved one died suddenly or suspiciously, their nursing home may be to blame.
How a Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyer Can Help with Your Case
We make the difficult decision of moving our elderly loved ones to a nursing home facility because their safety and well-being is the number-one priority. But if a loved one becomes a victim of nursing home malpractice, the emotional trauma can be overwhelming for an entire family.
That’s when it becomes critical to have experienced, compassionate legal support with a track record of taking on large institutions, and winning. Filing a claim for malpractice means seeking justice for your loved one and protecting them and others from future abuse, malpractice or neglect. A nursing home malpractice law firm will represent your loved one completely, handling all aspects of communication and legal representation to seek the justice they deserve. Generally, three factors determine the value of a nursing home malpractice case:
- Economic damages. This includes financial losses such as hospital bills for injuries. Economic damages are relatively easy to calculate, especially if you or your loved one maintained expense records.
- Non-economic losses. The emotional trauma of nursing home malpractice cannot be overstated. Elderly residents are already in a weakened state of health—whether mentally or physically—which can tragically affect their well-being. Non-economic damages cover the losses such as suffering and distress that don’t have a predetermined monetary value.
- Punitive damages. This may be included to hold the responsible party accountable for their harmful, careless or malicious behaviors. It also serves to discourage others from committing similar acts.
Locations We Serve
The nationally recognized legal/medical team at Janet, Janet & Suggs are proud to fight for the rights of nursing home malpractice victims and their families all over the country, including Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Why Choose Janet, Janet & Suggs Malpractice Lawyers for Your Case?
If your loved one has been the victim of nursing home malpractice, they have a right to seek compensation for their suffering. At JJS, we’re committed to helping our clients hold their abusers accountables and get their lives back on track—and our impressive settlements and national accolades for legal excellence and ethics are proof. JJS operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing unless your case is won.
Contact us today for a no-obligation meeting to discuss your case. We’ll help you decide the next steps so that you can help your loved one focus on healing.