Compassionate Lawyers Ensuring Respect For Our Elders
It’s never an easy task when a loved one has to make the transition from independent living to a comprehensive care facility. Many senior citizens find themselves moving into a new home for the first time in years, and the sudden lifestyle changes that accompany such a move can be an overwhelming and emotional experience. When we place our trust in nursing home professionals who are certified to care for our loved ones, we hope that they provide only the best care. Unfortunately, this in not the case, and as the number of nursing home facilities continue to increase across Indiana, so to does the risk of nursing home negligence.
Currently, there are 530 comprehensive care facilities in Indiana that are certified to provide Medicare and Medicaid care, providing more than 52,000 available beds to our senior citizens. Although state and federal organizations provide comprehensive programs designed to monitor and regulate these types of facilities, they are unable to completely ensure that the welfare of our seniors citizens are protected. If you or a loved one becomes a victim of nursing home negligence, it is important to know that you have an advocate waiting for you at Pavlack Law.
The Law of Neglect
In Indiana, the elements by which to prove negligence are very clear. With regard to nursing homes, those who are responsible for caring for our elderly must be held accountable when they fail in their duty. When it comes to nursing home negligence, it is important to know these elements when considering legal representation:
1. The comprehensive care facility and its employees owed a reasonable duty of care to the individual being cared for at their facilities;
2. The facility breached that duty of care through there actions or lack thereof;
3. Had it not been for this breach, injuries upon the individual would not have occurred; and
4. The individual suffered damages as a result of the facility’s breach of duty.
By understanding these elements, those who receive comprehensive health care through a nursing home will have a better ability to recognize this particular negligence claim. More importantly, by knowing what to look for, those who seek legal counsel will be able to communicate their potential case with an attorney in a clear, concise manner.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home or elder neglect, contact the experienced elder abuse lawyers at Pavlack Law for a free consultation. (317) 251-1100.