12Dec

When Is a Nursing Home Liable for a Fall?

The entire point of a nursing home is to put an elderly person in an environment where they will be safe and protected from injury.

What do you do if the nursing home has failed in its purpose and allowed your elderly loved one to be injured? How do you know when a fall is just a fall, or when a fall is due to negligence on the part of the nursing home?

Read on to learn more about filing a claim against a nursing home for negligence.

Understanding Liability

Nursing homes are held to high standards of care, as they should be. They are entrusted with the care and protection of our beloved family members and we expect them to take that duty seriously. If it’s found that a loved one was injured because of negligence on the part of the nursing home or staff, you have the right to file a claim against them.

Unfortunately, many elders are abused or neglected in care facilities. The only way to combat this issue is to fight against it when it’s discovered. Holding nursing homes liable is important to prevent this sort of negligent conduct from continuing. You don’t want others to be harmed as well.

Many people could be liable for a fall injury or for other types of nursing home neglect and abuse. The following are some of the parties who could be held financially accountable for negligence:

  • The nursing home itself
  • Staff members
  • Other residents
  • Visitors/contractors
  • Doctors/nurses

Proving Fault for a Nursing Home Neglect Case

So how can you know when to sue the nursing home or other party when your loved one has been hurt? You will first need to have the situation investigated to figure out exactly what happened. Was the elderly person left alone and unattended? Are there witnesses that can demonstrate some negligence on the part of the staff or home?

Evidence will need to be gathered, witnesses interviewed, medical injuries identified and documented, and then you will need to put together your case. Once you’ve put your case together you can file it with the at-fault party’s insurance company. For example, it could be the nursing home’s insurance provider, or it could be a doctor’s insurance company.

You deserve to receive full compensation for the injuries your elderly loved one sustained in a fall or other accident.

Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Today

You, or your loved one, can receive compensation for the cost of medical treatment, cost of transferring the elderly individual to another care facility, and you can be compensated for pain and suffering damages.

Contact a Rockford nursing home abuse attorney who can assist you in securing justice and compensation for your abused or neglected loved one.