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Victims of nursing home abuse and neglect have legal protections

The decision to entrust loved ones to a nursing home when the time comes is a difficult one and involves placing trust in the nursing home or care facility where the loved one will be living. Unfortunately, if the nursing home or nursing home staff does not provide appropriate care of the loved one entrusted to them, the loved one can be injured or even killed by their negligence.

When a loved one has been injured because of nursing home negligence, it is important to hold the nursing home or care facility responsible for the harmed caused by the home, facility or its employees and staff. Circumstances of both nursing home neglect and abuse can be serious and sometimes deadly. Neglect and abuse situations can include bed sores; dehydration; malnutrition; elopement; injuries that occur while patients are being transferred from assisting living centers, rehabilitation centers, hospitals or homes; or when a nursing home is operating understaffed.

Families of loved ones harmed in a nursing home by nursing home abuse or neglect may suffer physical, financial and emotional damages as a result. A legal claim for damages can help hold the nursing home accountable and also help the family receive compensation for the damages they have suffered that may leave them facing medical bills, funeral expenses and emotional harm because of the negligence of the nursing home.

A great amount of trust is placed in a nursing home or other care facility when placing a loved one in their care. When that trust has been violated, it is important for loved ones to be familiar with the legal protections in place to help them when harmed.

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