Many Alexandria families rely on nursing homes to care for their elderly loved ones. However, when nursing homes fail to meet their responsibilities, elderly residents with mental or physical disabilities may be vulnerable to abuse by nurses, nursing home staff, and management teams.
If you experience or suspect abuse in a nursing home or assisted care facility, a personal injury attorney from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers’ Alexandria team could help you protect yourself or your elderly family member. To quickly address neglect or abuse in a nursing home, it may be beneficial to hire a nursing home abuse lawyer in Alexandria from our team as soon as possible.
Damages You Can Collect in a Nursing Home Neglect Case
Nursing home residents have a right to freedom from neglect and abuse. If you—or your Alexandria nursing home abuse attorney from our team—can demonstrate that a nursing home deviated from the acceptable standard of care, you may be able to recover damages.
Damage awards for nursing home abuse cases in Alexandria may include compensation for both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages may include:
- The cost of medical care needed to treat injuries
- The cost of relocating your loved one to a new facility
- Reimbursement for the time they spent at the nursing home while being abused
Non-economic damages cover the effects on your loved one’s life resulting from the abuse, including:
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment in life
For a free legal consultation with a nursing home abuse lawyer serving Alexandria, call (318) 777-7777
Who is Liable for Nursing Home Abuse?
Healthcare providers are expected—and required by law—to provide a reasonable standard of care to patients. Legally, this means they must treat each patient in the same way another health care provider would. You can read about the rights and level of care residents can expect in Louisiana nursing homes from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH).
Neglecting or mistreating a nursing home resident would violate the standard laid out in the Nursing Home Reform Act. This act entitles nursing home residents to reasonable privacy, a safe environment, and freedom from abuse and neglect.
The Facility Employer Could be Liable for Your Losses
Any nursing home employee may directly abuse a patient or engage in negligent behavior that amounts to abuse, including:
- Nursing assistants
You can take legal action against both the specific negligent healthcare provider and the nursing home that employed them, as both parties could be potentially liable under Louisiana’s vicarious liability statute, CC §2320.
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The Statutes of Limitations in Nursing Home Abuse Cases in Louisiana
You must act quickly once you realize someone in a nursing home is abusing your loved one because we only have one year following the abuse to file a lawsuit, according to CC §3492. If your loved one passed away due to abuse in their nursing home, we also have one year from their death to file a lawsuit against the facility under CC §2315.2.
If you do not start your case within this time frame, a judge could bar you from seeking the compensation your loved one is entitled to.
Signs of Abuse in Alexandria You Can Sue For
Nursing home abuse and neglect can occur in many ways. Some of the most common forms of abuse and neglect in a nursing home setting include:
- Failing to supervise a patient
- Failing to handle a patient properly
- Physical or verbal abuse
- Neglecting to report a patient’s complaint
- Neglecting to feed a patient, provide medication, or meet the needs of a patient
- Failing to clean a patient, their room, or common areas of the nursing home
Nursing home residents suffering from abuse may exhibit bedsores, bruises, scratches, cuts, abrasions, and smells that suggest a lack of changing or bathing. Patients may also express fear or discomfort around certain staff members or residents.
When you notice these signs, contact Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers to see how a nursing home abuse lawyer in Alexandria can help. A lawyer from our team can investigate the cause of concern and work to protect your loved one from their situation, even if doing so requires removing the resident from the nursing home and filing an action against the facility.
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Call an Alexandria Nursing Home Abuse Attorney for Help Today
If you suspect nursing home abuse, it may be time to contact the office of an Alexandria nursing home abuse lawyer. Reach out to Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (318) 777-7777 to discuss your situation during your free, no-obligation consultation and begin pursuing your case.