Nursing Home Neglect
Victims of Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse
The strength of our society should be judged by the quality of care rendered to our youngest, sickest, and oldest citizens, since they are unable to care for themselves. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect injuries are suffered with surprising frequency, resulting in injury or even death, a loss of dignity, self-respect, and quality of life for our loved ones.
When caretakers are negligent in their duties, it is a failure to satisfy the basic principle of the skilled nursing and assisted care living facility. We are familiar with the regulations and licensing standards by which nursing homes are bound. We know how to enforce the rights of residents and can take legal action in order to ensure they are free from neglect and abuse.
Types of Nursing Home Cases
Unfortunately, there are a wide variety of ways for neglect or abuse to occur in a nursing home, including cases that involve the following:
- Inadequate nutrition or hydration
- Mistakes in prescription medication
- Allowing residents to wander the halls or grounds unattended
- Falls from bed or in shower rooms that result in bone fractures or breaks
- Bedsores and pressure sores
- Unreasonable restraints
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Inadequate staffing and training of personnel
- Failure to protect patients from violence or sexual assault
Our investigation of a nursing home negligence claim will include a review of the facility’s licensing and complaint records. Incidents that appear to be isolated accidents can actually reflect a pattern of poor supervision and administration that can make serious or fatal accidents almost inevitable. We take care to establish your case through documentation, expert testimony, and lay witnesses so that a clear link is evidenced between license or regulatory violations and the damages suffered by the victim of neglect.
Importantly, pursuing a lawsuit for neglect at a nursing home not only provides compensation for victims, but also operates as an important safeguard in our society to ensure that proper standards are followed in the industry.
As your personal injury lawyers, we represent you on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not have to pay us any legal fees unless and until you win your case. If we win, we are paid a percentage of your recovery as our fee. If you don’t win, you owe us no fee. Unless we agree otherwise, if you don’t win, you owe us no costs either.
Going to Trial
Most cases settle out-of-court; however, if the parties in a Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse case cannot agree to an out-of-court settlement, the case will proceed to trial in a court of law. This can be a lengthy process in a state or federal trial court, although most wrongful death lawsuits are heard in state court, and the decision is subject to review by an appeals court. Adam Soll will be with you the entire way through this process.
If you believe you or a loved one has suffered injury or abuse at a nursing home or assisted living facility, CALL US for a free consultation.