Damage awards can be substantial for Iowa nursing home neglect or abuse

Your loved one is looking to you for advice. She has suffered an injury due to the negligent or abusive actions of staff in her Iowa nursing home and now she has a choice to make. Should she seek damages in a legal case or should she stay quiet?

Before you can help your loved one make this important decision, you need to know what is at stake. What may she recover if she pursues a legal action and why is it important for her to do so even if she isn’t concerned about a financial recovery?

Nursing Home Abuse Damages

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 our loved one’s recovery of:

  • 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.
  • Pain and suffering. Medical insurance will not cover pain, emotional suffering, and other damages caused by nursing home abuse.
  • Other damages. Your loved one and your family should not have to bear the financial burden of someone else’s abusive actions. Any expenses that were incurred as a result of nursing home abuse may be recoverable in a legal action.

Additionally, it is important to think about the impact that your loved one’s case could have on others in her nursing home. It may force the nursing home to make policy or procedure changes that help keep all residents safe.

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. To learn more, please call us any time at 1-800-800-5678 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

Jason F. Abraham
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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.