St. Tammany Parish Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers
Herrin Kervin fights for victims of nursing home negligence by holding facilities and their staff members accountable for abuse, neglect, and more.
Louisiana Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys
Nursing home residents are among the most vulnerable. They are often unable to care for themselves, leaving them completely reliant on the nursing home staff. While Louisiana nursing homes have a responsibility to care for the elderly and protect them from harm, some don’t live up to their obligations. This can lead to abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
If your loved one has been a victim of nursing home negligence or abuse, Herrin Kervin can help. We hold nursing homes accountable while protecting the rights of the elderly. Your loved one deserves to age with dignity, and that begins by stopping nursing home abuse. We can file a claim immediately to protect your loved ones so they no longer suffer at the hands of nursing home staff.
Reasons for Nursing Home Negligence Claims
Herrin Kervin often files Louisiana nursing home claims due to:
- Physical assault
- Emotional abuse
- Forced isolation
- Bedsores and neglect
- Poor supervision
- Wrongful death
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SIGNS OF NURSING HOME NEGLIGENCE
Family members are encouraged to look for signs of nursing home negligence. Common signs include bedsores, unexplained bruises, constant falls, significant weight loss, and unusual outbursts. You also might notice that your loved one is withdrawn, depressed, or has experienced a personality change, which are common signs of emotional abuse. If you notice any changes, reach out to a nursing home negligence lawyer for help.
You should also be mindful of possible financial abuse. Some nursing home residents are victims of financial exploitation, meaning that an employee steals their assets, personal property, or resources. They might trick the nursing home resident into signing documents, so they can take control of the property. If you notice that your loved one’s assets are missing, reach out to an attorney.
DAMAGES IN NURSING HOME NEGLIGENCE CASES
Your loved one might be eligible to collect economic and non-economic damages after filing a nursing home negligence claim in Louisiana. Economic damages include medical expenses related to the injury, while non-economic damages include pain and suffering. Various factors go into valuing the case, including the victim’s age, overall health, and the degree of neglect or abuse. Your Louisiana nursing home neglect attorney will evaluate the evidence and determine how much money you’re owed. Then, your attorney will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. If a settlement isn’t possible, the lawyer will represent your loved one in court.
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
Under Louisiana law, you must file a nursing home negligence claim within one year of discovering the neglect or injury. Some families attempt to resolve the issues themselves, only to allow the statute of limitations to expire. If that happens, the defendant can file a motion to dismiss the legal claim. Then, you won’t have legal recourse. With that in mind, it’s wise to contact a Louisiana nursing home negligence attorney at the first sign of abuse or neglect.
WHAT IF A LOVED ONE DIES DUE TO NURSING HOME NEGLIGENCE?
If your loved one passed away due to nursing home negligence, you can file a claim. Louisiana law allows you to sue for up to $500,000 in damages, plus an unlimited amount for medical bills that you paid on your loved one’s behalf. As with nursing home negligence claims, you have one year from the date of death to file the claim. If you don’t file by then, you won’t be eligible to collect damages for the wrongful death claim.