Residents of nursing homes are there because they need medical expertise and care. The people who live in nursing homes need help with medications, mobility, cognition, or daily tasks such as eating and bathing. They are a vulnerable community in our country. Sometimes, as unthinkable as it is, these people are taken advantage of by the very people meant to help them. Anyone who works in a nursing home must meet a certain standard of care, but they sometimes do not measure up.
If you have found out that a loved one suffered abuse in a nursing home in Colorado Springs, Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can help. We are serving your area, and we want to fight for your family. Call (800) 712-9119 today to speak with our team. We can connect you with a Colorado Springs nursing home abuse lawyer from our office who will guide you through the lawsuit process and provide advice and counsel.
Damages You May Be Able to Recover
You probably spent hours looking for the right nursing home for your family member. It can be devastating when you find out that the people you entrusted with your spouse or parent are now taking advantage of them or ignoring them and putting their health at risk, but there is something you can do.
In Colorado, you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit, according to Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) § 13-80-102. To file a medical malpractice lawsuit, you also have two years, as stated in CRS § 13-80-102.5. It is important to keep these time limits in mind when deciding to pursue a lawsuit. There are some rare exceptions to these deadlines. Consulting with a Colorado Springs nursing home abuse lawyer can give you more insight into whether these exceptions could affect your case.
You could recover economic and noneconomic losses. Economic losses are those that have an easily determined dollar value, such as:
- Medical bills
- Nursing home relocation costs
- Lost wages
- Medical equipment
Noneconomic damages, on the other hand, certainly have value but not an easily determined dollar amount. These include such things as:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
If these things occurred because of your family member’s suffering, you could recover awards for them.
Colorado places caps on the damages you can seek in a personal injury lawsuit, whether for medical malpractice or otherwise. Someone from our team can help you determine the right amount to pursue and what your limitations are. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today to find out more during a free consultation.
Sometimes the abuse and neglect suffered by nursing home patients can result in the ultimate tragedy—death. If your loved one died due to mistreatment in a nursing home, you could seek damages such as burial costs, funeral expenses, and loss of companionship. Certain family members can file these wrongful death lawsuits at different times. Colorado Revised Statutes § 13-80-102 also allows for two years for a wrongful death case under the statute of limitations. If you speak with someone on our team, we can tell you whether you will be able to file and how much you might receive.
For a free legal consultation with a nursing home abuse lawyer serving Colorado Springs, call (800) 712-9119
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Abuse and neglect happen every day in nursing homes. According to U.S. News and World Report, there are more than 200 nursing homes in Colorado. It is a sad truth that not everyone is trustworthy when it comes to taking care of this vulnerable population. This mistreatment can come in many forms, and it may not always be willful. Even if it is not a purposeful action, though, it is not right. Nursing homes are often understaffed, making the staff members who are there feel overworked and stressed. Still, this is not an excuse to abuse nursing home residents.
Abuse and neglect of nursing home residents include:
- Leaving the resident to do things they are not capable of by themselves, like showering or walking around the facility unattended
- Allowing residents to wander around or even outside of the facility where they could get hurt or lost
- Physically abusing residents, including pushing, throwing, or hitting
- Neglecting a patient’s needs, such as leaving them incorrectly positioned in bed, leaving them in soiled garments, or failing to provide adequate food and water
- Administering incorrect medications or failing to provide the medication needed
Other types of abuse include sexual abuse, financial abuse, and emotional or psychological abuse. The signs can be hard to see, and it can be difficult to come to terms with this abuse and neglect. If your loved one has unexplained injuries, changes in behavior, or do not want the care of certain individuals at the nursing home, all of these could be signs that something is wrong.
Call our team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today for further counsel on your situation. You must care for your loved one and end the abuse and neglect happening to them. They may not be able to stop it themselves, and they may be too frightened or embarrassed to admit what is happening. We can help you and your family fight for what is right and deserved.
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You can start exploring your legal options now. Remember, you have a limited time to file a lawsuit for either personal injury or medical malpractice. We can tell you whether you are within the statute of limitations, and we can make sure we file your case on time if you are. You can pursue awards for medical bills, pain and suffering, and the costs to move your loved one to a new nursing home.
A Colorado Springs nursing home abuse lawyer here at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, is ready to fight for you and your family. Call us today at (800) 712-9119 for your free consultation. You will not owe us anything unless we win. Your family member has suffered because of someone else’s negligence and abuse. Let us fight for their rights and yours.