If your loved one suffered injuries from an accident in their nursing home, you have options for recovering compensation. A San Diego nursing home accident lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you secure a fair settlement for your loved one’s injuries and related expenses.
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we strive to provide comprehensive legal services for our clients. We can determine which factors caused your loved one’s accident, identify the responsible parties, and calculate the cost of your expenses. We also offer our aid on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning that you only pay us our attorney’s fees if your case is successful. We take payment for our services out of the settlement or court award we get for you.
You can get started with a free case evaluation today. Even if you are not sure whether you have the basis of a valid case, we still want to hear from you. Dial (800) 842-6336 to get started.
Nursing Homes Have a Legal Obligation to Their Residents
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 1.3 million people reside in nursing homes throughout the United States. These institutions provide around-the-clock care for elderly people living with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other care-intensive medical conditions.
Some of the services they provide include:
- Providing nutritious meals for residents
- Assisting residents with daily activities, such as dressing, bathing, and walking
- Changing and preparing bed linens
- Washing residents’ clothes
- Taking residents to social activities, when applicable
- Distributing medications
- Assisting with medical appointments, services, and therapy
These services provide care for vulnerable senior citizens. Yet, when your loved one does not receive the quality of care that they need, and they suffer an accident, you have legal options. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can visit your loved one’s facility to determine if they received adequate care. They can also interview witnesses, review closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage, and consult with medical professionals.
Types of Nursing Home Injuries
The CDC reports that there are approximately 39.5 million accidental (or unintentional) injuries each year. There are many factors that make an elderly person more at risk of suffering serious injuries. These factors include limited mobility, cognitive impairments, and pre-existing health conditions.
Some injuries that may have harmed your loved one include:
- Spinal cord trauma
- Broken bones
- Bed rail injuries
- Cuts, scratches, and bruises
- A traumatic brain injury
- The loss of a limb
The CDC reports that falls are among the most common types of nursing home accidents. If your loved one suffered harm because of a preventable accident in their nursing home, you have legal options. Consider how a San Diego nursing home accident lawyer can help you. To learn more, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today.
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Liability for a Nursing Home Accident
Following your loved one’s accident, you may have many questions regarding liability for your expenses. Liability in your case will rest on the details of your situation.
Some liable parties in your case may include:
The Nursing Home’s Administration
Some nursing homes put profits over patients. Issues with understaffing, hiring untrained employees, and ignoring complaints may make a nursing home liable for your expenses.
Your loved one’s caretaker may have provided substandard care, causing your loved one’s accident. For instance, if your loved one required help with mobility, but their caretaker did not provide assistance, this party may hold liability for your expenses.
A Medical Professional
Many nursing homes have medical professionals on staff to help with patients’ health problems. A form of medical malpractice may have caused your loved one’s accident. For instance, if a doctor prescribed a medication that made your loved one cognitively impaired, and this impairment caused their accident, this party may have acted negligently.
The Federal Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 sets forth guidelines by which nursing home facilities must operate. This act notes that all nursing home residents, regardless of their impairments, have the right to safe living conditions. Your San Diego nursing home accident lawyer can review your loved one’s living conditions and determine how this act applies to your case. You can call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm to get started.
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California’s Nursing Home Lawsuit Statute of Limitations
There is a time limit placed on how long you have to file a nursing home lawsuit. However, various aspects of your situation may alter how long you have to file. For most cases, per California’s Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1, you usually have two years to file a lawsuit for compensation. The time you have to act will begin on the date of your loved one’s accident.
Yet, you might not have learned about your loved one’s accident for some time. Some nursing homes go to great lengths to “cover up” accidents to shield themselves from liability. If this happened in your situation, you may have more time to act. A San Diego nursing home lawyer can review your case and explain how long you have to take action under California’s statute of limitations.
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Types of Recoverable Damages
The types of recoverable damages available to you and your family will rest on the details of your situation.
You can receive compensation for the following items:
- The medical costs associated with your loved one’s injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- The cost of moving to a new nursing home
You may be able to request additional forms of compensation than those listed above.
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Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Today
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we are ready to fight for your loved one’s right to compensation. No matter how your loved one suffered injuries at their care facility, we want to help you. A San Diego nursing home accident lawyer can defend your loved one’s rights and seek compensation on behalf of your family. To begin a free consultation, dial (800) 842-6336.