If your loved one experienced an accident and suffered injuries in their assisted living facility in Seattle, you could potentially file a lawsuit and seek damages. These damages may include medical expenses and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm represents seniors who suffered the devastating consequences of assisted living facility negligence or irresponsibility. We also work with the families of injured seniors.
Compensation Recoverable in Assisted Living Accidents
Whether your loved one’s accident happened due to a hazardous condition or the negligence of the assisted living facility staff, you could potentially seek a variety of damages for financial losses as well as pain and suffering. While there is no average settlement in assisted living accident cases, you could potentially pursue compensation for:
- Hospital stays
- Surgeries and other medical treatments
- Medical equipment such as a wheelchair
- Medication expenses
- Medical transportation costs
- Physical therapy
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Physical and mental distress
- Reduced life quality
How Your Seattle Assisted Living Accident Lawyer Can Help
Although an assisted living facility may be responsible for your loved one’s injuries and expenses, you may struggle to recover compensation. An attorney from our firm can help you manage your case and fight for damages. We know how to protect your loved one’s legal rights and where to find crucial evidence proving negligence.
If your loved one suffered a fall or another avoidable accident in their assisted living facility, we can:
- Investigate the circumstances of the accident fully
- Gather evidence to prove your case
- Talk to medical providers and obtain relevant medical records
- Assess your damages comprehensively
- Build a case against the negligent facility
- Present your case in court
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm handles assisted living facility cases on a contingency fee basis. Your family pays us nothing upfront for representation. Our attorney fees come out of your court award or settlement offer. If you don’t win your case, you don’t pay us.
Although every case is unique, our past case results include:
- $800,000 for a nursing home neglect case involving bedsores
- $230,000 for a nursing home resident who fell and fractured their hip, an injury that ultimately contributed to their death
Let us help you figure out how much you are owed so we fight for fair compensation for your loved one.
Accidents and Injuries in Seattle Assisted Living Facilities
Assisted living facilities generally have the responsibility to ensure a senior’s living environment is safe and free of any potential dangers.
While there can potentially be numerous types of accidents in assisted living facilities, falls can be one of the more frequent accidents. Unfortunately, falls and the resulting injuries can have lasting effects on the health and well-being of a senior.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every four adults over 65 falls every year. Falls are physically and emotionally damaging and can prove extremely costly for older adults and their families.
Negligence in Assisted Living Facilities Can Injure Residents
Assisted living facilities can avoid falls with good care and prudent housekeeping. A facility should also have certain fall prevention procedures and policies in place to help with avoiding fall accidents.
Residents in an assisted living facility can potentially experience falls for many reasons, including but not limited to:
- Lack of supervision and assistance with moving around the facility
- Lack of mobility devices such as walkers
- Physical abuse
- Cluttered walking surfaces or wet and slippery flooring
- Medication administration errors
Since residents of assisted living facilities can still be relatively mobile and may move around the facility and any grounds or gardens, the property must remove dangerous or hazardous conditions. Seniors may also suffer a devastating fall due to lack of lighting, wet floors, bulging carpets, or loose cables on the floor.
Consequences of Falls for the Elderly
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), fractures are the most common injuries suffered by older adults in a fall. Fractures, especially those of major bones such as the pelvis, can potentially change lives and prevent seniors from living independently. Bone breaks can also be costly, potentially requiring surgery, prolonged physical therapy, and a lengthy recovery period.
If your loved one suffered injuries and financial losses in a serious fall at their assisted living facility, you might have legal recourse. A lawyer from our firm can advise you of your legal options and the best course of action in your case.
Timely Action Can Be Important for Your Claim
When you find out that your loved one suffered injuries due to an avoidable accident in their assisted living facility, acting quickly may help your case. Collecting evidence proving a facility’s negligence can be tough after months or even years have passed, and the same can be true for finding witnesses and obtaining statements.
Consider also that you do not have unlimited time available for filing a personal injury lawsuit against an assisted living facility. According to the Revised Code of Washington 4.16.080, you may have three years to submit a lawsuit. The time starts running down on the day of the accident and injury.
If you attempt to file after the statute has run out, you could lose your right to sue.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for a Free Case Review
You do not have to fight alone. A lawyer from our firm can help you pursue compensation for your damages. We do not shy away from tough cases.
Start the legal process now and call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 842-6336 for a free, no-obligation consultation. The sooner you contact our firm, the sooner we can start working for you.