New Orleans Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

The majority of legal violations are never reported in nursing homes, which means that if you suspect a problem, you may be on to something. Many victims have no recourse and may not speak out because of fear of retaliation or simply because they are mentally impaired.

An acceptable nursing home facility must be safe, clean, and properly equipped. Residents must have regular meals, social services, medical care and emergency care. Trained staff must be present at all hours.

Slip and falls are the leading cause of nursing home injuries.
Abuses may be physical, sexual, emotional or financial. The results of abuse or neglect can be subtle, such as depression or withdrawal. When visiting a loved one, ask questions, check financial records and investigate anything that raises suspicion.

Thus, it is often up to family members and visitors to discover the problem and take action. 

Legal problems in a nursing home will take one of two forms:

  • Poor condition of the facility
  • Bad conduct of employees

Courts will consider things like common practices in the industry, and regulatory standards established by the government.
Abusive conduct may justify an award of punitive damages, meant not just to compensate the victim, but to punish the offender.

Other types of compensation courts will award include medical expenses, physical suffering, mental anguish, and if the victim dies, loss of companionship and support for surviving relatives.