What Can I Collect?
Victims of abuse and neglect in nursing homes have the right to seek legal retribution by way of filing civil lawsuits against those who inflicted great physical and physiological harm against them. Victims may seek justice via monetary compensation from all liable parties, including residential care facility owners, operators, managers and staff.
Weik, Nitsche & Dougherty is dedicated to protecting the rights of residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities who have suffered from the acts of elder neglect and abuse. Damages that are recoverable in Delaware for nursing home abuse and neglect, whether through an injury settlement or a court judgment, include:
- Medical expenses — This may include past or future surgery, physical therapy, hospitalization, specialized transportation, rehabilitation, visits with physician specialists, medication and special medical equipment.
- Pain and suffering — Both past and future pain and suffering is an element of damages. This can be a hotly contested area due to the intangible nature of a person's pain. Before you retain the services of an attorney for a nursing home abuse or neglect case, find out what recoveries he or she has obtained on behalf of his or her clients in the area of pain and suffering.
- Disfigurement — Refers to any type of physical change on the outside of the body, including scars left from bedsores or surgeries.
- Disability — Refers to anything a victim is unable to do after an incident, including daily living skills and leisure or recreational activities.
- Punitive damages — May be awarded if a facility's conduct is particularly reckless or rises to a level of willful and wanton conduct. Punitive damages are designed to punish the wrongdoer.
If you are asking the question, "What can I collect in a nursing home lawsuit?" contact our law offices to schedule a free and confidential case review.