Our elderly loved ones are susceptible to falls and certain injuries, so we entrust nursing homes with their protection. However, nursing homes may betray our trust by acting negligently, and as a result of this negligence, our loved ones may suffer a serious injury, like a fracture.
If your loved one suffered a fall, a fracture, or any serious injury in their nursing home, the nursing home may be liable, and you may be able to recover compensation. However, you’ll have to prove the nursing home was negligent. To prove negligence and liability, you may want help from a Dundalk falls and fractures in nursing homes attorney.
Who Is Liable for Falls and Fractures in Nursing Homes?
When a nursing home resident gets injured in their nursing home, negligence may be involved. A nursing home staff member may have been negligent in cleaning the floors and leaving them wet, for instance. The nursing home itself may have been negligent by failing to hire enough staff to tend to each resident.
If a nursing home staff member was negligent, the nursing home may be liable for a fall or other incident. The nursing home operators are responsible for hiring and training enough staff, and the operators are also responsible for the actions of their staff.
Get in touch with a falls and fractures lawyer serving Dundalk, 410-547-0202 for a free case evaluation.
How do You Prove Negligence in a Falls and Fractures in Nursing Homes Case?
To prove the nursing home in your loved one’s case is liable for the incident, you’ll have to prove the nursing home or a staff member was negligent. To do this, you’ll have to show evidence of the nursing home’s negligence, such as proof of your loved one’s injuries or security camera footage of the incident.
You’ll also have to show why the at-fault party was negligent. This requires showing how:
- The other party acted irresponsibly (for instance, a staff member may have failed to administer your loved one’s medication properly)
- The other party’s failure caused the incident (for example, the staff member’s failure might have resulted in your loved one becoming groggy, leading to a fall)
- The incident resulted in actual damages (such as physical pain and medical bills)
You may struggle to establish those criteria and gather evidence. However, you won’t have to do these things if you leave them up to one of our firm’s Dundalk nursing home attorneys.
What Can I Expect from a Dundalk Falls and Fractures in Nursing Homes Attorney?
With an attorney on your team, you won’t have to worry about your loved one’s case. You’ll be able to focus on other, more pressing matters, such as getting your loved one treated for their injuries or relocating them to a new nursing home. Your lawyer will worry about legal matters.
You can expect your attorney to take on every task in your loved one’s case, including:
- Investigating the case and gathering evidence to support it
- Corroborating this evidence with expert or witness statements, such as a statement from a fellow nursing home resident
- Establishing negligence and liability in the case
- Valuating your loved one’s damages and communicating them to the nursing home’s insurance company
- Negotiating with the insurer on your loved one’s behalf
- Fighting for your loved one in court if negotiations fail
Meeting the Deadline for Your Case
You can also expect your attorney to meet any deadline for your case, such as a filing deadline for a lawsuit. Even if you’re not planning to file a lawsuit, you may want to leave the option open, since it may become your best option.
The deadline for filing a nursing home abuse or neglect lawsuit in Maryland, per Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 5-109, is the sooner of five years from the date of the injury or three years from the date when the injury is discovered. If you hire your attorney soon, you’ll help them meet this deadline or keep the option open for filing a lawsuit.
What Damages Can I Recover for My Loved One’s Dundalk Nursing Home Case?
Depending on the severity of your loved one’s injuries, you may be able to recover several damages for your loved one. You may also be able to recover certain damages for yourself, too, depending on how involved you have to be in your loved one’s recovery.
In your claim or lawsuit, you could recover compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Physical therapy or other therapy bills
- Bills for any assistive equipment your loved one requires after the incident
- Pain and suffering damages
- The costs involved in relocating your loved one to a new facility
- Any wages you can’t earn due to having to look after your loved one
About Our Dundalk Falls and Fractures in Nursing Homes Lawyers
With over 137 years of combined legal experience, our legal team is fully capable of handling your loved one’s case. In fact, our team focuses on nursing home neglect and abuse cases, so we’re especially qualified to help you.
Over the years, we’ve helped many clients like you and recovered many millions of dollars for nursing home abuse and neglect victims. We’ve also received many recognitions for our efforts, including a 10.0 rating from Avvo, a reputable organization that offers legal referrals and reviews.
To help our clients afford legal representation, we offer free case reviews and operate on a contingency basis. If you choose to hire one of our attorneys, you won’t pay your lawyer anything unless they recover compensation for you and your loved one. We’ll tell you more about how this works during your complimentary consultation with us.
Contact Brown & Barron to Learn How a Dundalk Falls and Fractures in Nursing Homes Lawyer Can Help You
Your loved one deserves legal representation and compensation for their injuries. With one of Brown & Barron’s lawyers on your team, you won’t have to prove the nursing home’s liability and negotiate the settlement with the insurer. Instead, you’ll be able to leave all these tasks and more to your lawyer.
During your consultation with a team member, we’ll tell you more about what we’ll do for you and advise how to proceed with the case. You have nothing to lose by speaking with us, so don’t hesitate to contact us today for your free consultation.
Contact Brown & Barron online today to schedule a free case review with a with a falls and fractures lawyer serving Dundalk.