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Nursing home negligence and your legal options

When it comes to our health, we do our best to ensure we are well cared for. This means being seen by medical professions. When it comes to well being of our loved ones, especially those that are aging, we take the time to ensure that they are being properly cared for while staying at a nursing home. Unfortunately, medical professionals in all settings can make errors, and these mistakes could greatly harm those being cared for.

Even when you well research the place you put an elderly family member in, cases of negligence and abuse could occur. The key for dealing with these mattes is being able to spot when they occur and know when to take action. Although you might be responsible for choosing the facility and putting them there, that does not mean you are accountable for your loved one's harms.

When a health care facility acts negligently or fails to act, this could harm a nursing home resident. Failing to keep the premises reasonable safe, preventing slips and falls, hiring and training competent employees, ensuring residents are bathed and fed and preventing abuse could be an actionable cause. Whether a resident exhibits bruises, broken bones, emotional distress or any other symptoms, it could be apparent that they are a victim of negligence or abuse.

If a loved one suspects that a family member has suffered because of nursing home negligence or abuse, it is possible to take steps to hold the nursing home accountable. A certain standard of care is expected while a resident is living at facility, and failing to uphold that duty could result in harm to a resident. It also opens the nursing home up to legal actions, such as a medical malpractice claim. This lawsuit could help the resident and their loved ones recover losses and damages stemming form the incident.

Source: Valley News, "When should you consider suing a nursing home?" Morton J. Grabel, July 23, 2017

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