Damages in Nursing Home Abuse Cases
- August 9, 2018
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When the rights of nursing home residents are violated, their authorized representatives or the victims themselves can file a lawsuit against the nursing home facility and recover damages. Violation of rights may include abuse or neglect, financial abuse or exploitation, or actions such as denying residents their choice of physicians.
Victims of nursing home abuse can recover compensation for the following:
Medical costs: If abuse in a nursing home results in the need for medical treatment of a resident, the nursing home will be liable for the cost of that medical treatment. Potential medical expenses that could be covered include:
- Cost of over-the-counter and prescription medications
- Doctor’s office visit bills
- Hospitalization bills
- Surgery costs
- Charges for physical therapy
- Cost of transportation to and from doctor’s office
- Charges for therapy or counselling
Pain and suffering: A victim of nursing home abuse or neglect may often suffer psychological or emotional distress such as fear, anxiety, or depression. A victim of such abuse and neglect can recover for mental anguish and emotional pain if he/she is able to provide enough evidence to support the claim.
Disability and disfigurement: When negligence on the part of the nursing home causes a resident to suffer some form of disability or disfigurement such as permanent scars due to bedsores, the resident may be able to recover damages for the effect the disability or disfigurement will have on his/her life.
Loss of normal life: When violation of a resident’s rights results in loss of enjoyment of life, such as an inability to enjoy hobbies or perform daily functions, the resident may recover damages for that loss.
If your loved one has been the victim of abuse or neglect in a nursing home facility, you have legal rights. We can hold the negligent parties accountable and pursue justice for your family. We are experienced in handling such cases. To speak to us, call 845-709-8005/800-940-1799 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com.