Nursing homes are sometimes the best alternative for an aging loved one who can no longer live self-sufficiently. However, we have previously mentioned the dangers of nursing home negligence and what you can do to hold the nursing home responsible for its behavior if this becomes an unfortunate reality for your loved one. However, we understand that it can be difficult to tell just when you have a possible case of negligence on your hands. If an elderly loved one develops an illness or health complication while in the care of a nursing home, it is not unreasonable to feel grief and blame the nursing home for not doing their best to care for the patient, but it is important to remember that it is not always their fault.
Elderly people are more prone to injury or sickness; that is usually why we put them in care facilities in the first place. Any number of unavoidable health issues can crop up and afflict our loved ones, but in many cases there is nothing that the nursing home can do except ease the patient’s suffering. Still, there are a few ways to tell if a nursing home has been negligent in its care.
Generally speaking, if you can prove that an employee of the nursing home failed in their duty to provide care and this failure directly caused an injury in the patient, you could hold the nursing home responsible for your loved one’s injuries. It could be even more simple than proving negligence. For example, in some cases, nursing home employees actively abuse patients, either sexually, physically or psychologically.
If you believe that you have a nursing home negligence claim on your hands, consider that the laws of your state might be different than the laws of another state. Massachusetts residents are encouraged to meet with an attorney who is familiar handling such cases in Massachusetts. Not only will this help you determine if you have a strong claim on your hands, it can ensure that you receive the maximum compensation from your claim.