When it comes to taking legal action after nursing home neglect, not many people are aware of their rights and what they may be able to do to hold the liable party negligent. They may not know that they may be entitled to compensation.
Understanding what damages may be available is important. There are various factors that need to be considered when determining available damages. Here are some things that victims of nursing home neglect, as well as the family members, should understand.
In nursing home neglect and abuse cases, victims who suffer injury may be entitled to economic damages. These damages are ones that can be quantifiable and have a financial impact on the victim of the abuse.
This means covering expenses associated with the injuries that have monetary value such as the following:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Medical equipment
Economic damages are very helpful when someone sustains physical injury as it can help them get the treatment and care they need.
Non-economic damages are often very complicated because there are no monetary values to consider. These types of damages don’t cover those with monetary amounts; rather, they compensate victims for mental and emotional damages, as well as pain and suffering.
It’s up to the jury to determine the value of the non-economic damages based on what they know about the case and how the victim has been impacted. Typically, it is the trauma involved and physical pain that warrants non-economic damages.
What Happens In the Event of Death?
Nobody wants to consider the thought of their elderly loved one passing as a result of neglect or abuse in a nursing home, but unfortunately, it is something that can happen. This is especially true in trips and falls, wrong medication, or malnourishment.
In these situations, certain members of the family may be able to take legal action to hold the nursing home accountable. This is a wrongful death case and there are various damages the family can seek as compensation for the loss.
At Brown & Barron, our Baltimore nursing home abuse lawyers are dedicated to helping victims of nursing home abuse. We don’t let negligent nursing homes get away with their actions. We seek justice. We seek change.
Call us today for a free consultation.