Placing a loved one in a nursing home is often an emotional decision. Realizing that an aging family member needs more care than you are able to provide is a sad reality that can be difficult to accept. This decision is made even harder by the fear that your loved one may not receive proper care in your absence. When those fears become a reality, it can be paralyizing to know where to turn for help.
Nursing Home Abuse Costs
The true costs of nursing home abuse are much higher than most people realize. In addition to the financial costs, the emotional trauma is often difficult to overcome. When seeking to recover damages after discovering that your loved one is a victim of abuse, your attorney will try to reach a settlement that covers the costs associated with a variety of non-economic and economic damages.
Common nursing home abuse costs include:
- Moving Expenses – Packing your loved one’s belongings and moving into a safer environment can be costly and time-consuming.
- In-Home Care – After a loved one has suffered nursing home abuse, many families are reluctant to place them back into a similar type of facility. As a result, they instead decide to shoulder the high costs associated with hiring a care nurse and purchasing in-home medical equipment.
- Medical Treatment – Abused seniors may face long hospital stays and ongoing care because of the injuries they sustained as a result of the abuse and neglect they endured. This often results in catastrophic medical expenses that can financially overwhelm already struggling families.
- Therapy – Abused seniors may suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and other psychological traumas, which can result in months or even years of therapy and psychological treatment.
- Legal Costs – There are costs associated with filing lawsuits and working with an attorney. Any settlement you are offered should compensate for any and all legal costs you incur.
- Secondary Expenses – While you are dealing with the aftermath of nursing home abuse, you and your family members may need to take time off of work to care for your loved one. You may suddenly find yourself driving to and from hospitals, doctors offices, and law firms. These expenses can add up quickly and should be accounted for.
Protecting Abused Seniors and Families Throughout Florida
At Sternberg / Forsythe, our West Palm Beach nursing home abuse attorneys have the resources and experience needed to tackle these types of complex cases. Our attorneys will help protect your loved one from further abuse, as well as hold negligent institutions responsible for their actions. With offices conveniently located in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Orlando, we are there wherever you need us. Call us at 561-687-5660 today for a free consultation and review of your case, or fill out our confidential contact form and someone will get right back to you.