Helping Victims of Nursing Home Neglect in North Carolina
While the state of North Carolina conducts inspections of nursing homes, they will not be able to catch every possible infraction or hazard. Unfortunately, this is where neglect and abuse can occur. At the law firm of Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., our team of Charlotte medical malpractice attorneys is dedicated to getting positive results in elder abuse and neglect cases.
For nearly 40 years, we have shown a commitment to holding nursing homes responsible when they mistreat clients, have helped those clients obtain the compensation they deserve.
Have you suffered abuse or neglect at a nursing home? Call the Charlotte personal injury lawyers at Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. today for a free consultation. Dial (704) 850-6322 now.
Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence
In most cases, neglect is the result of failing to properly monitor a nursing home resident. Simple problems that could have been resolved are missed, causing them to turn into severe problems.
Some cases of nursing home mistreatment include:
- Untreated bedsores that lead to infection
- Injury to patients while attempting to move them
- Failure to secure wheelchairs in special transportation vehicles
- Failure to properly restrain a person who has a habit of wandering away due to Alzheimer’s
How Common Is Nursing Home Abuse?
Data available from the National Center on Elder Abuse indicates that approximately one out of every 10 people over the age of 60 experiences some form of elder abuse each year in this country. Unfortunately, evidence also shows that much of the elder abuse that occurs in this country go unreported. Often, this is because the abuser is known to the victim, and the victim does not want to cause any problems with friends or family. In other cases, particularly when the abuser is a staff member at a nursing home, the victim fears that coming forward will result in retaliation.
Tragically, there are also times when abuse and neglect victims inside nursing homes do not know that they are actually being abused or neglected. This is often due to cognitive deficits as a result of aging or some sort of illness.
Time Limit To File A Claim
If you discover that your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect in North Carolina, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. Victims (or their family members) in these cases have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit in order to recover the compensation they are entitled to. The North Carolina personal injury statute of limitations is three years from the day an injury occurs. For nursing home abuse and neglect cases that involve personal injuries, these claims must be filed within this three-year period. Failing to file a claim within this time frame will result in the victim being unable to recover the compensation they are entitled to for what happened.
Types Of Compensation For A Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect Case
Victims of nursing home abuse may be entitled to various types of compensation for their claim. Often, the attorneys at Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. are able to help abuse and neglect victims or their family members recover the following:
- Complete coverage of any medical bills caused by the abuse or neglect
- Cost to stay at the current facility
- Costs to relocate to any new facility necessary
- Loss of quality of life damages
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent nursing home
The total amount of compensation available in these cases will vary depending on the facts and circumstances of each particular situation. Our North Carolina nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys work diligently to recover full compensation for our clients to ensure that they receive proper justice and closure for what happened.
We Succeed in Nursing Home Neglect Cases
Whether a personal injury or wrongful death was caused by negligence or direct abuse in a nursing home, our attorneys can help. Since our law firm’s establishment in 1979, we have built a strong record of success serving people in Charlotte and throughout North Carolina.
That record includes numerous multi-million-dollar recoveries. We have earned that record by approaching every case with a commitment to winning. We handle all nursing home neglect and abuse cases on a contingency basis, meaning that our clients do not pay a fee unless we are able to recover compensation.
Call today at (704) 850-6322 to learn more about your Charlotte nursing home abuse case.