Legal Claims Based On Nursing Home Negligence
The health care staff at nursing homes — including doctors, nurses and nursing assistants — have a legal duty to protect the health of their patients. Elderly patients, especially patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, require careful monitoring to guard against harm.
When nursing home staff fail to carefully monitor their patients, and if the patient is seriously injured or dies prematurely as a result, a valid legal claim may exist for a type of medical malpractice case known as nursing home negligence.
Knowledgeable Attorneys Handling Negligence And Malpractice Cases
Since 1988, the law firm of Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., has focused its legal practice on protecting the rights of people injured in accidents or due to the negligence or intentional wrongdoing of another person. Over the course of more than 30 years, our law firm has built a reputation as a strong force on behalf of injured people and their families – including in complicated nursing home negligence cases.
Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., recently resolved a nursing home negligence and wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family of an elderly patient at a nursing home. Due to improper monitoring by hospital staff, the patient died of aspiration. We settled the case on behalf of our clients for $300,000. Read more about our recent settlements and verdicts.
Signs Of Possible Nursing Home Neglect
A legal claim of nursing home negligence arises only after the patient has suffered serious injury. Sometimes, such injuries can be prevented, if family members are alert for signs that nursing home staff are not properly monitoring their patients.
Signs of possible negligence at a nursing home include:
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Unexplained fractures and broken bones
- Bed sores, also referred to as decubitus ulcers
- Unexplained changes in mood
Except in cases involving wrongful death, the nursing home resident must bring the case on his or her own behalf. If the resident is not mentally capable of serving as a plaintiff in a civil lawsuit, we can guide family members through the process of establishing a conservatorship so that a family member may act on behalf of the nursing home resident.
Contingency Fees ∙ Free Consultations
If you have questions about a possible case of nursing home negligence, we urge you to contact our office to schedule a free and confidential consultation with one of our experienced medical malpractice lawyers.
We handle all nursing home negligence cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid unless and until the nursing home resident receives a settlement or a jury award.