When an elderly parent enters the care of a nursing home, you expect that the staff will treat your parent with absolute respect and attention. Elderly men and women rely on nursing home workers for daily aid in cleaning themselves, eating and getting dressed. Further, these individuals rely on the employees to administer medication and observe your parent’s health.
Unfortunately, serious negligence arises when nursing home staff prove inattentive or careless, and elderly men and women face life-threatening injuries. As many do not comprehend their surroundings or have trouble remembering, their health may deteriorate quickly if they cannot ask for help. If your parent suffered a serious injury, illness or even died as a result of an inattentive nursing home care assistant, you have the right to significant compensation in Colorado.
Injuries and illnesses in nursing homes
Due to slips, falls and germs inside nursing homes in the United States, potential exists for your parent to face both injuries and illnesses. Should an illness or injury arise due to nursing home neglect, such as a staff member leaving a door open or using unclean medical equipment, you have the right to file for compensatory damages.
Some common injuries or illnesses in nursing homes include:
- Hip fractures
- Broken wrists
- Concussions or traumatic brain injuries
- Bed sores
All injuries and illnesses could lead to the death of nursing home patients. As elderly individuals’ immune systems and bodies have trouble recovering from injuries, it is essential that nursing home staff or your family seeks immediate medical attention when an illness or injury is discovered and you must report all information associated with the injury.
Filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim
Nursing home neglect constitutes a punishable crime in Colorado and across the United States. The claim that many families file cite personal injury or wrongful death, and the filing individuals usually try to determine the negligent acts of nursing home staff. Negligence cases may arise in the following scenario.
- As the staff are responsible for the care of each nursing home resident, they have the duty of care required in negligence cases.
- Due to their inattention or breach of care, your elderly parent may have been injured or died.
- Therefore, your parent and your family suffered damages as a result.
Your attorney will help you collect documentation and evidence to support your claim for compensation, and he or she will present the case in your jurisdiction to begin seeking damages for your parent and family.
No elderly parent deserves mistreatment or inattention in a nursing home that should provide a safe environment for older adults. Due to the emotional process of nursing home neglect cases and the importance of obtaining all rightful compensation for your parent or family, you want to hire an experienced elder law attorney.