Deciding to place your loved one in a nursing home is a difficult process. Usually, families choose a nursing home after months or years of trying to care for a loved one at home. Many patients in nursing homes need continuous personal care and/or medical care that is beyond the capabilities of the family.
When you choose a nursing home, you place your trust in the owner of the nursing home, doctors, nurses, and staff. Unfortunately, there are instances when that trust is broken. If your loved one is the victim of neglect or abuse, our Louisville nursing home abuse can help you seek justice for your family member.
Nursing Home Abuse
Sadly, abuse and neglect happen more than we want to think about in extended care facilities. Many patients are unable to speak for themselves, or they are unaware of what is happening to them. Therefore, these patients are targets for abusive individuals.
There are many different forms of abuse. Patients can suffer physical, emotional, sexual, verbal, or financial abuse. The parties responsible for the abuse depends on the factors of the specific case.
Naming the Responsible Parties
In most cases of nursing home abuse, the company that owns and/or operates the nursing home is named as a responsible party with the person or persons who actually committed the abuse or neglect. The owner and operator of the facility have a duty to perform background checks, train, and monitor staff. It also has a duty to ensure the property is maintained and free from unsafe or hazardous conditions.
In addition to the owner or operator of the nursing home and the person or persons responsible for the abuse, other parties may also be liable in some circumstances. For example, if a third party harms your loved one, that party would be named in a nursing home lawsuit. That person could be another resident, a resident’s family member or friend, or a delivery person. Anyone with access to the facility could potentially be an abuser.
A drug manufacturer or medical equipment supplier could be named if your loved one is injured by a dangerous drug or defective medical equipment. If the nursing home or a staff member knowingly gives a resident a drug that causes harmful side effects or knowingly gives a resident an unsafe drug, the company and the staff person can be held liable too. The same thing would apply to knowingly using defective medical equipment, such as purposefully ignoring a recall notice.
Consult With A Louisville Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
If you suspect abuse or neglect, call our office immediately. Our Louisville nursing home abuse attorneys want to help you hold the persons responsible for your loved one’s abuse liable for their actions. Neglect and abuse cases can be complex. Therefore, you want a skilled and experienced attorney representing your loved one.
You can reach the attorneys of the Shelton Law Group by calling 1-888-761-7204 or by using our online contact form. Contact us today to schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your legal options regarding a nursing home abuse lawsuit.