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Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Nursing Home Neglect

When you can no longer care for yourself or your loved one at home, you put your trust in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility to do it for you. Sometimes that trust is betrayed.

You expect the care there to help you or your family member live the best quality life possible given your or their health condition or, in the case of a rehabilitation facility, to get better and return home. If, instead, you or your family member is abused, neglected or made worse, you or they may have a claim for nursing home or rehabilitation facility abuse or neglect.

We have years of experience fighting to make the quality of healthcare better at nursing home and rehabilitation facilities. While we have spent the majority of our time fighting for recoveries for people who have been injured by nursing home and rehabilitation facility negligence, we also have experience representing these types of facilities and the providers at them. This insider knowledge permits us to advocate for our clients in ways those who have not seen behind the scenes are unable and is essential to our ability to fight for the best recoveries for our clients. If you believe that you or a loved one has been injured by nursing home or rehabilitation facility abuse or neglect, we may be able to help.

What is abuse or neglect by a nursing home or rehabilitation facility?

Nursing home or rehabilitation facility abuse or neglect claims can fall into multiple different categories. Some, but not all, of those categories are listed below.

  • Failure to obtain timely or appropriate medical care
  • Bedsores or ulcers
  • Sexual assault
  • Failure to provide prescribed medications or treatments
  • Physical or mental abuse
  • Falls
  • Financial abuse

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What damages can you claim?

It depends on the state what damages you may claim.

When you or a family member has been injured or killed by the unsafe acts of a nursing home or rehabilitation facility, you may have a personal injury or wrongful death claim. While the law cannot undo the injury or bring back your loved one, it may provide compensation for you or your family. While it depends on the state, in general, you or your family may have claims for the following under the law.

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If you our your loved has suffered physical or emotional injuries because of the unsafe actions of a nursing home or rehabilitation facility, the law may permit you to recover past and future medical expenses and lost wages as well as amounts for physical and mental pain and suffering, loss of a body part or use of a body part, permanency, scars and disfigurement. If you or your loved one was married at your time of injury, your or their spouse may be able to recover losses, including their lost services, society, affection, companionship and sexual relations.


If your family member was killed by the unsafe actions or inactions of a nursing home or rehabilitation facility, the law may permit recovery for medical expenses, funeral expenses, physical and emotional pain and suffering and the loss of the value of the life. Depending on the state, the value of the life may be measured from the perspective of the person who died or the family that lost the person who died. Lost future wages and support may also be recoverable.

What do you need for a successful claim?
In order to make a successful claim for nursing home or rehabilitation facility abuse or neglect, you must prove that the nursing home, rehabilitation facility or a healthcare provider at one of these facilities did something unsafe or negligent that caused you or your family member an injury. It is not enough that they did something wrong or negligent. That wrong or negligence must have caused you or your loved one injury.
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Why contact an attorney immediately?

It is important to contact an attorney immediately because there are deadlines within which lawsuits must be filed or the right to file them is lost forever. In most states, there are also requirements that have to be met before filing suit against a healthcare provider that take time. Some examples of these requirements include the requirement that certified medical records be obtained or that an expert medical or nursing witness review the care and agree to testify that it was negligent. There may even be a requirement that the medical witness sign an affidavit. The attorney’s investigation and each of these steps require time. As such, it is critical that you contact an attorney right away if you think you have a nursing home or rehabilitation facility neglect or abuse claim. Even a day can mean the difference between having a claim and not being able to pursue that claim. Do not wait.

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