Boca Raton, FL – Nursing homes regularly have issues and make mistakes even though they are entrusted to care for the elderly. In situations where someone is actually injured and harmed, these mistakes may rise to the level of negligence. The victim can take legal action to receive compensation for any problems caused by a nursing home that committed certain serious mistakes.
Why negligence lawsuits happen
Negligence is a legal concept that is based around the duty of care. Many types of civil lawsuits filed because of injuries or accidents are actually negligence cases. This is because the defendant did not act intentionally, but rather caused harm through some kind of error or oversight.
Whenever a person, business, or entity violates their standard duty of care and causes injuries, it is possible that they will be sued. A plaintiff needs to prove four elements to prevail in a standard negligence lawsuit. These are a duty of care, a breach of the duty of care, causation, and damages. If the victim’s case is successful, the defendant usually has to pay for things like medical care and treatment, lost income and wages, and pain and suffering. This monetary amount is part of the element of damages.
Common reasons for negligence lawsuits against nursing homes
Areas where patients may slip or fall are extremely dangerous in nursing homes. This is because injuries associated with falls are a very common reason for emergency room visits and fatalities among the elderly. All common and living areas should be inspected and cleaned regularly to avoid accidents. Patients with mobility issues should be assisted as necessary.
Another problem that may be associated with lack of cleaning or cleanliness is infections and illnesses. Elderly people are vulnerable to complications from various kinds of illnesses, even if these diseases may not cause significant problems for members of the general population.
Nursing homes are known to have problems with inadequate staffing, training issues with employees, and intentional abuse and neglect by people working in the facility. Ideally, a nursing home should be fully staffed with well trained employees. However, this is rarely the case in many facilities and there is a high turnover rate. Employees who have only been on the job a short period of time are not usually trained properly, and they are more likely to abuse patients out of frustration.
Help from a nursing home neglect attorney in Florida
Rosenberg Injury Law handles lawsuits against nursing homes in the Boca Raton area. Anyone who is considering a lawsuit can contact the firm to schedule a meeting and learn more about these kinds of cases.
Firm contact info:
5255 North Federal Highway, 3rd Floor, Boca Raton, Florida 33487