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Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Lowell Finson with Phillips Law Group.
Nursing home abuse is more common than some people might think. With many elderly residents unable or unwilling to communicate about the abuse they experience, it often goes undetected for some time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Department of Health and Human Services, of the 1.3 million nursing home residents in the United States, more than 30% will be placed in a facility that is already experiencing reports of abuse. The good news is that a nursing home abuse victim can choose to file a lawsuit against the responsible party and/or care facility, seeking compensation for the financial and emotional damages they suffered. To learn more about options for physical and financial recovery, contact a nursing home abuse attorney.
Some of these damages are considered “economic” damages and have a specifically calculable value, such as medical bills and damaged property. However, non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life are not as easy to place a value on, but just as important. A nursing home abuse lawyer will have access to the expert resources it takes to calculate the value of not only the victim’s economic damages but their non-economic damages as well, all at no cost to the victim themself.
If you suspect your loved one may be suffering from neglect or abuse in their nursing home, there are steps you can take to have your suspicions investigated. If your suspicions turn out to be accurate, your loved one will be eligible to file a personal injury claim against the responsible party.
Here are some tips for reporting elder abuse for investigation:
If you or a loved one have been abused in a nursing home or elsewhere, it is important to take action. Reach out to a nursing home abuse attorney to learn more about options for recovery or for help filing a claim. Most of these attorneys offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, so elderly victims do not need to worry about any further damages.
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