What to do if mother was sent to ER for dehydration and other issues brought on by neglect of nursing home she was receiving short term therapy in?

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What to do if mother was sent to ER for dehydration and other issues brought on by neglect of nursing home she was receiving short term therapy in?

The situation caused us to use home care. Can we get compensation for her suffering and needless exposure to pain, as well as the financial burden this is placing on us?

Asked on January 18, 2014 under Malpractice Law, Georgia

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

You can sue the nursing home on behalf of your mother for negligence.  Negligence is the failure to exercise due care (that degree of care that a reasonable nursing home would have exercised under the same or similar circumstances to prevent foreseeable harm).

Damages (the amount of compensation you are seeking in the lawsuit on behalf of your mother) would include her medical bills and compensation for pain and suffering.  Compensation for the medical bills is straight reimbursement.  Compensation for pain and suffering is an amount in addition to the medical bills and is based on the medical reports which document the nature and extent of the injury / medical condition  caused by the nursing home's negligence.

 


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