Are You Able To Sue A Nursing Home For Negligence?
Nursing home negligence can occur when harm is caused to a resident due to the inaction on the part of the nursing home. These injuries or health conditions can be preventable if the nursing home had taken some action or served their appropriate duty of care. Whether you are able to successfully sue a nursing home for negligence will depend on the individual circumstances of your case. We share more with you in this article.
What is Nursing Home Negligence?
Accidents, failures to act and intentional acts can all fall under negligence. As a result, residents suffer from a preventable accident or health condition. Some common examples include:
- Failing to take the proper safety precautions to prevent slip and fall accidents
- Not properly screening an applicant who ends up intentionally harming a resident prior to employment
- Not providing adequate training or supervision to staff which results in an accident
- Failing to provide a proper medical standard of care, which can be classified as medical malpractice under certain circumstances
- Neglecting the basic needs of a resident, such as failing to change or shower them regularly
- Failing to reposition a resident with mobility issues, resulting in bed sores
- Isolating a resident from others around them
- Failing to provide the necessary mobility equipment such as canes and wheelchairs
- … and many more!
Consequences of Nursing Home Negligence
When negligence occurs, harm can befall a resident and in serious cases, death. Below are some consequences of negligence:
- Injuries caused by avoidable accidents
- Worsening of health condition, such as when the wrong medication is administered
- Poorer mental and emotional health
- … and many more!
Proving Nursing Home Negligence
It can be difficult to prove nursing home negligence, depending on the case. Some cases are easier to prove than others: for instance, if your elderly loved one developed a bed sore because staff did not reposition them as frequently as agreed in their care plan. However, if the nursing home has taken a suitable number of precautions to prevent residents from falling, yet a resident with a fall risk still does, are you able to sue for negligence? It will depend on the particular facts of your case. The wisest course of action would be to engage an attorney experienced in nursing home abuse and negligence to discuss your options.
Choose Corradino & Papa, LLC For Your Nursing Home Negligence Case
If you suspect that an elderly loved one has been the victim of nursing home negligence, you have legal recourse. Even if you are unsure whether you can sue, the best course of action is to get in touch with an experienced attorney at Corradino & Papa, LLC, who can assist you with exploring your options. Please feel free to contact us today for a free consultation to kickstart your case.
Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.