As people grow older, the body will not be as strong and people will experience more physical problems than they may have had when they were younger. Some of these physical problems will create a situation in which people are no longer able to care for themselves. In these situations, family members may need to move the loved one to assisted living or a nursing home so that they can receive the additional care that they need.
The loved ones hopefully will research and find the most appropriate facility that will properly care for the loved one. However, the people caring for patients in nursing homes make mistakes or may be overworked and neglect patients. This nursing home abuse and/or neglect of the patients can lead to additional, more severe medical problems that require additional medical treatment.
This additional medical treatment will likely cost the patient additional money that they may not have as well. People who are the victims of nursing home abuse and/or neglect may be able to receive compensation. This compensation can pay for the monetary damages suffered by the patient, the costs associated with the lawsuit, punitive damages and other damages associated with the abuse. The perpetrator of the abuse or neglect could also be prevented from continuing to provide care, as well as face criminal charges.
Patients at nursing homes expect the same care and attention that they would receive at any healthcare facility. However, due to the long-term nature of the care and vulnerability of the patients, sometimes they may be the victims of abuse or neglect. This can cause serious problems for the patient and they may be entitled to compensation to help pay for the consequences they suffer.