Dedicated to Protecting Victims of Nursing Home Abuse
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is a growing area of concern in this country. With an aging population, an increasingly larger percentage of individuals now require help from assisted living facilities or nursing homes. In many cases, these individuals, who are so dependent on others for their health and well-being, are neglected or abused. Such actions are unconscionable, and cannot be tolerated. If a loved one has suffered needless injury or illness or is now deceased because of another party's actions, we can help. The nursing home abuse lawyers at our firm in Salt Lake City, UT, are dedicated to protecting the elderly and will work diligently on your behalf to ensure liable parties are held accountable for their actions. To arrange a consultation with our personal injury group, we invite you to contact Younker Hyde Macfarlane today.
Common Types of Abuse
Medical professionals owe a duty to their patients and have a professional obligation to abide by a reasonable standard of care. In any instance of potential malpractice, the defendant's actions will be weighed against what his or her peers would have done in the same instance. If it can be shown that he or she failed to abide by a reasonable standard of care and did not act in accordance with peer-accepted behavior, the defendant may be considered liable for negligence.
Many instances of nursing home abuse occur due to negligence on the part of nurses, healthcare assistants, and doctors. In other cases, deliberate abuse can lead to injury.
Sadly, these injuries often have a significant impact on the victim's health due to age and other factors and in many instances can result in premature death. Common injuries include:
- bed sores
- choking deaths
- broken bones and fractures as a result of falls, and
- injuries stemming from a failure to treat or maintain illness
Filing a Lawsuit
In the event of nursing home abuse, you may be able to file suit on behalf of your family member, as he or she may be physically or emotionally unable to do so. In the event of a personal injury suit, you and your loved one may be entitled to damages for medical expenses relating to the injury, any future related medical expenses, and emotional and physical pain and suffering. It may also be possible to file for punitive damages; due to the duty owed and subsequent failure on behalf of the defendant to uphold this duty, punitive damages may be deemed appropriate both to punish the liable party and to dissuade other acts of negligence in the future.
In a wrongful death case, the nursing home abuse lawyers at our firm in Salt Lake City will work diligently to help ensure the liable parties are held accountable for their actions. Though no amount of compensation can come close to replacing a loved one, damages awarded in a wrongful death case can help alleviate or eliminate unjust financial burdens stemming from the preventable death.
To establish fault in nursing home abuse cases, we work with experts in the fields of medicine and healthcare to determine if the standard of care has been upheld and a duty performed. By consulting with a nationwide network of expert witnesses, we can establish liability beyond doubt and take on any defendant, large or small. In nursing home abuse cases, common defendants include nurses, doctors, and the nursing home or assisted living facility at which the injury occurred.
Common Causes of Nursing Home Injuries
Among the most common causes of injury in nursing homes include:
- Under-qualified or unqualified nurses and healthcare staff
- Inadequately trained nurses and healthcare staff
- Under-qualified or unqualified contracted doctors
- Understaffed nursing home or assisted living facility
- Deliberate abuse or woeful negligence
Nursing homes are required to have a doctor on staff, but in many cases, the doctor works on a contract basis and is not an employee of the nursing home or assisted living facility. Sadly, many nursing homes rely on a team of individuals who are simply not qualified to provide care.
Schedule a Consultation
When you choose a nursing home or assisted living facility to care for a loved one, your placing your trust in the staff of nurses and doctors to care for your loved one. When those professionals fail to uphold their duty and fall below a reasonable standard of care, they can be held legally accountable for any losses stemming from these actions. At Younker Hyde Macfarlane our attorneys are happy to speak with you if a loved one has been needlessly injured or killed due while in a nursing home. We encourage you to contact us online, or call us at (801) 335-7025 to set up a consultation.
They were extremely knowledgeable, extremely helpful experts. The team helped me with all aspects of my case, including medical and financial, and understood that it affected more than me but also my family.- Jill S.