Does your elderly loved one show signs of nursing home abuse or neglect? If the answer is yes, you may be wondering if you should take legal action. We are advocates for nursing home abuse victims and we believe that those victims deserve skilled legal representation. However, you may still be uncertain if your reasons for suing a nursing home are good enough.
The best way to know if you should file a lawsuit is to speak with our Utah nursing home abuse lawyer. But to help you better understand what constitutes abuse and neglect – and therefore warrants a lawsuit – we outline some reasons below.
What Are Some Reasons for Suing a Nursing Home?
1. Broken bones
Broken or fractured bones could be a sign of abuse. If an employee of the nursing home was responsible for the injuries, filing a lawsuit makes sense. Broken bones can also result from nursing home neglect. For example, if caregivers did not respond to a call for help going to the bathroom and your loved one fell, that is neglect.
2. Serious concussions
A fall in a nursing home could result in a serious concussion. If your loved one is suffering from a concussion, they may have fallen and hit their head. The question is, why did they fall? If they fell because the staff was not there to support them as required, they neglected their duty of care. This kind of negligence – which leads to serious injuries – could be a good reason for suing a nursing home.
3. Significant weight loss and malnutrition.
Sometimes it can be challenging to get the elderly to eat enough to maintain a healthy weight. However, there are also instances of nursing home neglect that can cause significant weight loss and possibly malnutrition. The nursing home is supposed to make sure that your loved one is adequately fed. If they don’t do their job – or if they treat your loved one so poorly that they stop eating – then a lawsuit could be justified.
4. Wrongful death
It is an unfortunate reality that some nursing homes are so neglectful and/or abusive that their patients die as a result. If you suspect that your loved one was neglected or abused and it led to their death, you should speak to our personal injury attorney right away.
Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect? Contact Us
If your loved one was neglected or injured at a Utah nursing home, know that you are not alone. It happens far more often than it should. We encourage you to contact our team at Carlson Injury to discuss your specific situation. Our attorney can help you determine whether your circumstances justify a lawsuit. If they do, you can depend on us to fight hard on your behalf.
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