Sorting out the emotional wreckage that follows an instance where you or one of your loved ones was abused in a nursing home can take a long time. Unfortunately, you don’t have a long time to act if you want to go after the nursing home provider for negligence. There are usually quite a few complexities involved with these cases and understanding them might help you to determine whether you want to speak with an attorney about filing a lawsuit.
Criminal Matters in Nursing Home Abuse
If it’s discovered that an employee or another individual who had access to a nursing home facility is guilty of physical, sexual or mental abuse against the patient, there will almost certainly be criminal charges involved. One of the mistakes that some people make when these cases are going on is that they wait for the criminal case to be settled before they engage the services of an attorney to file a civil case. Whether or not anybody goes to jail for the abuse, it doesn’t make any difference to the family of the victim and the victim themselves financially.
If abuse is discovered at a nursing home and you or a loved one was the victim of that abuse, contact a nursing home abuse attorney immediately. They can start working on your claim and make certain that, if you do have a viable lawsuit against the nursing home provider, they can get it filed in time so that you do not miss the limitations on doing so.
Damages in Nursing Home Abuses
While there sometimes is a punitive element to the damages that are assessed against an abusive nursing home facility, they’re mostly to help the family. Consider the fact that, following the abuse, it’s unlikely that your loved one or you are going to want to stay in that same facility. Moving to a new nursing home can cost a great deal of money.
You may also find that you need more medical treatments to deal with the damage from the abuse, counseling to deal with the psychological damage from the abuse or that you rack up other expenses that are the direct result of the abuse. A good personal injury lawyer can assist you and your family get the financial help you deserve to cope with this.
Abuse in a Nursing Home Facility
Most of the time, a personal injury lawsuit will be filed against the nursing home operator. This will be the entity most likely to have been negligent and to have allowed the abuse to go on when it should have been stopped.
Your personal injury attorney will work out the amount you should seek in damages. Generally, these cases include pain and suffering, mental anguish, diminished quality of life, medical expenses, and a host of other expenses that are added to the total.
Nothing can really make up for having been the victim of abuse. There is no amount of money that can completely erase the damage that has been done to somebody who is been put through such a horrible ordeal. Unfortunately, such as in a recent case in Texas, abusers are oftentimes trusted individuals at the nursing home, sometimes they are even nurses. The settlement or jury award money, if you win, may help you to get the resources you need to recover, however.