Your loved one is in a nursing home and you want him to be as comfortable as possible. He deserves to live this part of his life in peace. Accordingly, you may be reluctant to encourage your loved one to consider a nursing home abuse case even if the abuse he suffered caused him significant injuries.
Don’t Be So Quick to Dismiss a Nursing Home Abuse Case
There may be compelling reasons to pursue a possible nursing home abuse case even if your primary goal is to manage your loved one’s stress. Consider, for example:
- How your loved one will pay for his medical expenses. Medical expenses can add up quickly and may not be fully covered by Medicare or your loved one’s other health insurance provider.
- How your loved one will be compensated for his pain, suffering, and other damages. Medical insurance will not cover pain, emotional suffering, and other damages caused by nursing home abuse. Your loved one and your family should not have to bear the financial burden of someone else’s abusive actions.
- What will happen to others in the nursing home. If your loved one pursues a claim, then he may help protect others in the nursing home—some of whom may be his friends—because the nursing home may be more careful about its actions.
The decision about whether to pursue a nursing home abuse case is a personal one, and it is one that you have a limited amount of time to make. However, it is important to know that filing a nursing home abuse case does not need to be stressful for your loved one. Your loved one’s lawyer will handle the day-to-day logistics of settlement talks or litigation while your loved one is shielded—to the extent he wants to be—from conflict.