Can A Personal Injury Attorney Help Me With A Nursing Home Abuse Case?
If you have a loved one who has suffered any type of nursing home neglect or abuse you have a right to be angry. Nursing home neglect can take on many forms including: unexplained bedsores, bruises, sudden changes in behavior or personality or any type of unexplained bleeding.
Thousands of nursing homes nationwide provide an invaluable service for our loved ones who can not properly care for themselves, but unfortunately due to a variety of issues such as underpaid, overworked, and poorly trained nursing personnel mistreatment can occur.
A personal injury attorney can perform a variety of services including:
Reviewing the injuries of your loved ones and evaluating if they constitute negligence.
Work with the police department to evaluate the actions of the nursing home.
Fill out paperwork with the appropriate state department who monitors nursing home care.
File a medical malpractice case.
Discuss injuries and concerns with the Nursing home administrator.
Failure to provide adequate medical care can be considered medical malpractice. If the type of abuse your loved one has suffered rises to the level of medical malpractice you may be able to pursue a medical malpractice claim against the individuals responsible. Some types of behaviors may even rise to the level of criminal charges.
It is important that if you have a loved in a nursing home that you understand their basic rights. The right of residents has been outline in the Nursing Home Reform Act. Some of their rights include:
Participation in their own care.
The right to voice concerns and complaints.
The right to have visitors.
The right to privacy and confidentiality.
The right to have their possessions protected.
The right to understand the cost of their care and the service that the home is providing for them.
If you choose to work with a personal injury attorney you will receive expert legal advice during your medical malpractice case. A personal injury attorney can also help insure your loved one is compensated properly for all of their medical costs and any additional pain and suffering they have endured as a result of nursing abuse. If you win your medical malpractice case the court will determine the damages based on the type of injuries and abuse that occurred.
If someone you love has been the victim of nursing home abuse you do not have to fight this injustice alone. A personal injury attorney can provide the expertise you need to make sure your loved one is receiving adequate care.