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What damages are suffered from nursing home negligence and abuse?

Kentuckians all want what is best for our loved ones. As they age, though, it might be difficult to care for them in their old age. In some cases, the best option for them is to live in a nursing home facility. These facilities are often equipped with all the needs one has, providing nurses and caregivers to help care for them. While many nursing homes meet or exceed the needs and expectations of their residents, others fail to do so by not ensuring the health and wellbeing on their residents.

Nursing home abuse and neglect is a concern when a loved one is placed in such a facility. Even though one never expect such a situation to arise, the unfortunate reality is that nursing abuse could occur. And when it happens, elderly residents and their loved ones are left suffering pain, losses and damages. This is when it becomes important to file an action for damages.

What damages are suffered from nursing home negligence and abuse? Various types of damages could result from nursing home abuse. This could include necessary and reasonable medical expenses, past expenses for medical care and treatment, anticipated future expenses, harm from conditions caused by prolonged immobilization, pain and suffering from physical injuries, pain and suffering likely to occur in the future, phantom pain, mental anguish, harm from loss of sleep and past and future impairment of the ability to enjoy life.

A nursing home resident could seek a wide variety of damages for the losses and harms suffered. This includes damages for mental suffering, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, shortened life expectancy and punitive damages. It is also possible to obtain a structured settlement. Additionally, damages are also recoverable by survivors, heirs and dependents in the event of the death of a resident. These damages can amount to loss of consortium, loss of parental advice and guidance, loss of the companionship of the deceased person, mental anguish and funeral and burial expenses.

When one suspects that a loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, it is important to take action. This means documenting incidents, collecting evidence and filing an action to prove liability. This civil action could help with the recovery of losses and damages arising from the situation.

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