When a local elderly woman developed an infection at an area assisted living facility, the neglect and poor care resulted in her leg requiring amputation. JKGS worked with the vulnerable woman and her family to get her a sizable recovery.

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Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse

Neglect, abuse and exploitation are the sad truth in many nursing homes around the United States. When families place loved ones in these facilities, they expect care and security — in return neglect and/or abuse by trusted caregivers is often the reality. Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr attorneys are skilled and experienced in evaluating these cases and recovery on behalf of the victims.

Nursing home residents have rights and protections under both state and federal law. Some of these:

  • Respect – You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Service and Fees – You must be informed in writing about services and fees before you enter the nursing home.
  • Money – You have the right to manage your own money or to choose someone else you trust to do this for you.
  • Privacy – You have the right to privacy and to keep and use your personal belongings and property as long as it doesn’t interfere with the rights, health, or safety of others.
  • Medical Care – You have the right to be informed about your medical condition, medications, and to see your own doctor. You also have the right to refuse medications and treatments.

Negligence and abuse is often the symptom of nursing home mismanagement, which can be inadequate staffing, lack of supervision, poorly trained or qualified staff, even staff members with a history of violence.

With no expectation of income, a claim for lost earnings is unlikely. Most claims for damages are non-economic in nature and include pain and suffering, disability, permanency, embarrassment, humiliation and loss of enjoyment of life. In the appropriate case, if the conduct of the nursing home is particularly egregious, punitive damages may be in order.

If you have suffered a serious personal injury or have lost a loved one due to personal injury, please contact our firm to discuss your potential case.

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