In order to recover damages in an Iowa nursing home abuse or negligence case, you are going to need to prove that the nursing home, or an individual staff member, failed to exercise reasonable care toward your loved one. Not every injury that occurs in a nursing home is the result of a failure to exercise reasonable care. Accordingly, you will need to provide specific facts about how the nursing home, or a staff member, breached the duty of care.
Three Ways This Can Happen
Often, nursing home abuse or negligence occurs because…
- The nursing home is understaffed. If the nursing home fails to have enough staff on duty to meet the individual needs of each resident then this understaffing could result in resident injuries who do not receive the assistance that they need.
- The nursing home fails to properly train staff members. Nursing home staff need to be trained in the facility’s procedures and in how to properly care for residents. If they fail to have this training then mistakes could be made that harm residents.
- An individual intentionally abused or hurt your loved one. Sometimes a nursing home staff member may purposively hurt a resident and that intentional abuse can result in a significant injury.
Of course, some instances of abuse or negligence may occur for other reasons, and you may be able to recover damages any time you can prove that the nursing home or its staff acted negligently or abusively.
Start Your Investigation Today
A strong nursing home abuse case starts with a solid investigation into the facts of what happened. Evidence may be more difficult to get as time goes by; accordingly, it is important to act quickly and to secure any photographs, videos, nursing home logs, witness statements or other evidence that could help you prove your case. For more information about how to do that, please contact us via this website or by phone (800-800-5678) at your earliest convenience.