When you place a loved one in a New York nursing home, it is with the expectation that he or she will receive quality care and medical attention. It can be frustrating and infuriating to learn that instead of those things, your loved one has experienced mistreatment and abuse. Your family has the right to stand up for your elderly loved one and fight back against nursing home abuse of all kinds.
You have the right to take legal action against a care facility for the mistreatment of one of your loved one. Depending on the nature of your individual situation, you may be able to seek damages related to physical injuries, financial losses and emotional duress.
Recoverable damages for nursing home abuse cases
Sadly, many victims of nursing home abuse do not speak out for fear of repercussions or the assumption that no one will believe them. There is something that you can do about it, however, and it is possible to hold these facilities accountable for negligence, neglect, financial abuse, medical errors and much more. In order to have a successful claim, you must be able to prove that the facility, the workers or the company that runs the facility is liable for the following negligence:
- Failure to properly supervise and care for a patient
- Failure to select the proper equipment and maintain it
- Failure to properly maintain the premises
- Inadequate hiring practices
The civil claims process is complex, and you may benefit from seeking guidance as you review your legal options. Just because you think you have a valid claim does not necessarily mean that you should move forward with a lawsuit. Knowing your options and fully understanding the choices available to your family can help you choose a path that allows you to seek a better future for your elderly loved one.
Don’t stand for nursing home abuse
If you notice issues with a family member in a nursing home such as unexplained bruises, sudden weight loss, depression and the onset of serious medical conditions, it could indicate that some type of abuse, neglect or mistreatment occurred. You may take action to report it, stop it and hold all liable parties accountable for any harm done.
This is a serious issue, and you have no time to lose in working to protect the interests of your loved one. Not only do you likely have grounds for a lawsuit, you may take steps to see justice done and prevent this type of abuse from happening to another person in the future.