April 11, 2021

Can I Sue a Nursing Home for Neglect?

When you place a loved one in a nursing home, your reasoning may be about getting them the round-the-clock care they deserve when they can no longer take care of themselves. Unfortunately, you may have noticed weight loss, dirty clothes, and even bed sores—all of which can be signs of neglect. 

Dealing with a nursing home neglect claim can be tough, but that’s what the Law Offices of Gary S. Greenberg is here for. Reach out to a Wisconsin injury attorney if you believe your loved one has been neglected in the nursing home so you can take the right steps toward a lawsuit. 

Who’s Liable for Neglect of an Elder? 

When you notice signs of neglect, you may be focused on getting them out of that situation and protecting their health. But if you’ve discovered a loved one has suffered neglect during their stay at a nursing home, you also need to know who to hold accountable for your family member’s suffering. But you may be concerned about identifying the staff member or other party that would have caused these injuries. 

If the abuser is an employee, they may not be the one held financially responsible for your family’s suffering. The employers at the nursing home are responsible for hiring with care and ensuring no one is injured because of their employees. If they fail to do this, they can be held accountable for your family member’s suffering. 

Suing on Behalf of a Loved One 

You may not have been the injured party. You discovered your loved one had been neglected by the at-fault nursing home staff, and your family member suffered for it. But that loved one may be unable to stand trial. 

If your loved one cannot sue on their own, you may need to seek out a guardianship for your loved one. A guardian can be appointed by the court and can act on behalf of your loved one. Speak with your lawyer about seeking a guardianship so you can sue on behalf of your family member. 

Seek Out a Lawyer for Your Elder Abuse Claim

Determining whether you can sue for nursing home abuse is only the first step of your lawsuit. You may have a long journey ahead of you before your loved one gets the justice and the compensation they’re due. Without the right tools, it can be difficult to get this needed support. 

At the Law Offices of Gary S. Greenberg, we know it’s tough to act on behalf of a loved one and get compensated while managing their care. Let our lawyers take the pressure off you. Start with a free consultation, where we’ll discuss how we can help your claim succeed, by calling 414-271-7007 or by completing the online contact form below.