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What do I do if injured by nursing home abuse?

Nursing homes carry a massive responsibility. In exchange for payment, these institutions are tasked with providing adequate care for our beloved elderly ones. This includes providing them with proper nutrition, sufficient supervision and accurately administering medication. This may sound simple enough, but, tragically, many nursing homes even fail to protect their residents from physical harm at the hands of their employees. 

If one has suffered injuries caused by nursing home abuse, then they likely have a lot of anger, stress and questions. One way to deal with all of these issues is to take legal action. By pursuing a lawsuit, a victim might be able to find an outlet for their anger, and an attorney may be able to address questions, providing guidance as to how to put forth their claim.

But, when can victims bring a nursing home abuse claim? There are many theories under which one of these claims can arise. A nursing home employee may have neglected to provide the appropriate amount of supervision and care, or the nursing home might have been negligent in its hiring of employees. Regardless of which route one chooses to take, victims will have to prove that the applicable standard of care was breached, causing the damages in issue.

To satisfy these elements, one will need to be as prepared. Preparation means gathering documentation regarding one’s medical history, incident reports, witness statements and controlling legal authority. This can be challenging, particularly to those unaffiliated with the legal realm, which is why many find the assistance of a personal injury attorney beneficial.

Source: FindLaw.com, “Nursing Home Abuse Claims,” accessed on May 13, 2016

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