When to take legal action against a nursing home

| Sep 15, 2020 | nursing home negligence

Placing a loved one in a Nebraska nursing home takes a significant amount of trust. Families usually do a significant amount of research before making this type of decision, and it can be devastating to learn that a loved one may not be getting the type of care he or she deserves. In some cases, negligence and patient harm can be grounds to pursue legal action against a nursing home.

There are certain signs that indicate something could be wrong with the care a patient is receiving. One of these is a serious injury that likely came from a fall. Patients in nursing homes may need support moving around, getting food or going to the bathroom. Missing money or a sudden need for cash or additional funds could indicate financial abuse of a patient.

When a patient is showing signs of improper hygiene, lack of personal grooming and uncleanliness, it likely indicates the facility is not providing important and necessary care. Improper supervision of residents, untrained staff, insufficient staffing and medical mistakes could all be reasons to take action on behalf of a loved one. It is possible to hold a Nebraska facility accountable for negligence.

A lawsuit cannot undo the damage a patient suffered. However, it can allow a family to help him or her address physical needs and emotional trauma experienced while in a nursing home. An assessment of the individual situation can help a family understand what damages may be available and what steps may be necessary to move forward.