What to do when you or a loved one is injured at a nursing home?
In 2003, the CDC estimated 1.5 million adults over the age of 65 were living in nursing homes. At this rate, there will be roughly 3 million nursing home patients by 2030. With these numbers, the chance of having a loved one seriously injured have only increased.
Having a seriously injured family member or even Losing a loved one at any age is extremely difficult. It causes a lot of grief and sorrow as you try to come to terms with the trauma. When the trauma is caused by neglect or abuse of a nursing home, many other feelings may come into the picture. You may experience guilt, anger, or depression. It’s advised you check up on them often, and look out for signs of neglect or abuse, as well as potentially dangerous conditions. Look for signs of bedsores, malnutrition, dehydration, or weird injuries. You should always ask the staff questions. As long as you’re proactive about monitoring their condition, there’s a significantly lower chance of something being missed, or worse, forgotten about.
A nursing home’s failure to care for your loved one can be a wrongful death. Nursing homes have a duty to provide reasonable care for residents. If members of the staff have been neglectful or abusive, then they have violated that duty, and their actions or inactions could result in a resident’s wrongful death. Below are the steps you should take:
- Your most important first step is to take care of yourself and your surviving loved ones. It can be difficult to deal with an unexpected loss. Take the time to do what is necessary to properly grieve your loss.
- Contact an attorney. If your loved one died because of the abuse or negligence of nursing home staff, then your loved one may have suffered a wrongful death. Your loved one’s estate may be able to file a wrongful death claim, and it is important that you hold the nursing home accountable for what happened. Your attorney will help you gather the important information it takes to successfully pursue a claim.
- File a claim. With assistance from your wrongful death attorney, you will begin the claims process. Through the claims process, you will be able to receive compensation for the losses the death caused you and you may be able to convince the nursing home to change its policies and procedures so that other families do not have to endure similar losses.
Nursing homes sometimes have a tendency of trying to cover up any accidents, abuse, or neglect. Fortunately, experienced nursing home attorneys have the know-how and resources to conduct a proper investigation, as well as deal with the insurance companies and nursing home administration. There’s no better way to achieve your desired outcome than to have a qualified attorney on your side to navigate the situation.
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Falls often have serious consequences. A nursing home resident can suffer from internal bleeding, a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or another serious injury that can have lasting effects. Such consequences can significantly and adversely affect the resident’s quality of life.
If you suspect that your loved one’s fall was caused by a negligent nursing home, let our experienced personal injury attorneys of McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt help you with your claim. We hold negligent nursing homes accountable and pursue maximum compensation for all claims.
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