Deciding to send a relative to a nursing home is never an easy decision. There’s no shame in placing your loved one in a nursing home, but unfortunately, many nursing home residents are subjected to abuse or neglect.
If your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, it’s important to seek justice against the at-fault party with the help of a personal injury lawyer.
WHAT TYPES OF DAMAGES ARE AVAILABLE IN NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT CASES?
Nursing home abuse and neglect can negatively impact the victim’s life in many ways. These victims are entitled to various types of damages, including compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Past expenses, like expenses for going to a doctor, lab fees, prescription costs, and hospital stays.
- Any future expenses you might be able to foresee.
- Physical and bodily harm caused by being immobilized too long.
- Any mental or physical pain and suffering as a result of the abuse
HOW DOES NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT CAUSE MENTAL SUFFERING?
When abuse and neglect happen, it’s not just physical pain that becomes an issue. If you file a claim against the nursing home, you can receive damages for mental pain and anguish as well. Mental pain can seriously impair one’s life significantly and add to their suffering and bodily pain. That’s why it’s important not to ignore someone’s mental anguish when dealing with abuse and neglect. It can be hard to recover from.
Victims of abuse can suffer from a lot of fear and anxiety as well. They might fear certain consequences for the injuries they sustained while help was coming. They might fear how much worse things could’ve gotten for them. They might’ve even feared for their life, thinking they would die in that situation, which is a completely horrifying thought.
HOW DOES NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT CAUSE DISFIGUREMENT?
Another big problem that occurs as a result of neglect and abuse is bodily disfigurement. This can include anything from hair loss to scars and even amputation of limbs. Other types of injuries can change a victim’s appearance or other functions within their body. Senior citizens deserve respect and care, so if someone disfigures them, they should feel the full brunt of the law. Making a complaint against a nursing home can help victims seek justice.
HOW DOES NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT LEAD TO THE LOSS OF ENJOYMENT OF LIFE?
Just because someone moves into a nursing home doesn’t mean their life is over or they have no way to enjoy things. There are plenty of ways seniors enjoy their golden years. In most cases, nursing homes do a good job of providing resources, outings, and other types of fun for their residents. Keeping them active and healthy is a great way to prolong their life, but when abuse and/or neglect happens, it can change everything.
If you’re seeking financial damages from a nursing home, you can receive extra money simply because the nursing home interfered with the victim’s ability to enjoy life. Even the things they were once able to do while healthy may be impacted.
They may no longer be able to enjoy spending time with their grandkids, walk unassisted, exercise, or even have the ability to talk and communicate with others. A senior may never be able to enjoy their favorite activities again as a result of the abuse. They deserve compensation for this since the nursing home abuse has changed their life.
HOW DOES NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT LOWER LIFE EXPECTANCY?
Nursing home abuse and neglect can lead to mental and physical harm that can drastically lower a victim’s life expectancy.
If your loved one’s life expectancy has been lowered as a result of the abuse or neglect, an attorney can help you ensure your loved one is fully compensated.
HOW TO RECOVER COMPENSATION FOR NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT
If your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, let the personal injury attorneys at Phillips Law Offices help. Our attorneys will aggressively fight to hold the at-fault party accountable for your loved one’s physical and mental injuries. In many cases, the nursing home facility is liable for these injuries. But, our team will thoroughly investigate your loved one’s case to determine if any other parties are also partially liable. Then, we will work tirelessly to secure the compensation your family deserves.