When you place your loved one in a nursing home, it is likely that you have certain high expectations, such as high quality medical care, attention, companionship, mental health support, and love. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If you suspect abuse or mistreatment, a nursing home abuse lawyer in Monroe at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., LPA can help you file civil action and protect your loved one.
Sometimes, nursing home staff members act negligently, causing patient harm, or may even abuse patients. In fact, one report, published by ABC News, reveals that elderly patients are abused at one in three nursing homes. When abuse or negligence happens and an elderly resident suffers harm as a result, civil action is not only permitted, but is often a necessity. Civil action can help the elderly person recover damages for the harm she has suffered, and can raise awareness about poor practices and standards within a specific nursing home.
As medical facilities, nursing homes are required to exercise a high level of care when treating patients. When this duty to patients is breached, the nursing home has not only violated patients’ rights, but has also committed an act of medical malpractice. Examples of nursing home abuse or negligence that may lead to a civil action include the following.
When you file a lawsuit, you can recover damages to pay for pain and suffering, medical costs, and mental anguish.
Depending upon the circumstances, the nursing home as an entity may be held liable for nursing home abuse or negligence, or a specific nurse or nursing home staff member may be held liable. Liability will depend on who acted outside of the accepted standard of care, as well as whether or not an at-fault employee is protected under the theory of vicarious liability. In most cases, the latter will be true – even if a nursing home staff member was the person who acted negligently or was abusive, the nursing home facility can be held liable on her behalf.
A nursing home abuse attorney in Monroe can guide you through everything you need to know about nursing home lawsuits, including who may be liable, how to prove fault, how to demonstrate damages, and what the time limits are for filing your claim.
Do not wait to take action if you or your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse. Taking action quickly can put an end to the abuse faster, protect other future victims, and help you to recover damages in a timely manner.
Filing a claim for nursing home abuse can be challenging, but you do not have to do it alone. At Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., LPA, our nursing home abuse attorneys want to represent you in your fight. To learn more about how we can help you and to schedule your free case consultation call us at 419-843-6663 today.
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