Was your loved one recently injured while under supervised care at a nursing facility? You may have selected the facility for your elderly loved one because he or she is unable to take proper care of themselves. Unfortunately, things may not have played out as expected. If someone caused harm to your aging loved one, taking action is a necessity. It is important to seek justice against those who have caused these injuries.
Obtain Medical Information
Before contacting a lawyer who can help you file a medical malpractice lawsuit, consider obtaining medical information on your loved one. Reports from doctor's offices or a local hospital could provide in-depth details on the different types of injuries your loved one sustained. It is important to have this information readily available so that you can understand exactly what your loved one has endured and so that you can hand this information over to the lawyer. You may want to take pictures of the injuries to keep as evidence, too.
Contact a Lawyer Right Away
Do not hesitate to seek help from a lawyer who may have experience with medical malpractice lawsuits. It may be hard for you to go through with the lawsuit process on your own, especially if you do not understand the legalities of the case. Having a legal expert in your corner to provide defense for your elderly loved one who was injured could potentially help with the case.
The lawyer may review the medical information and contact an expert medical witness who can provide testimony in the courtroom. He or she may work on obtaining any surveillance video footage from the nursing home that could provide complete proof on what happened to your loved one. A worker may have touched your loved one inappropriately, thus causing the injuries he or she sustained. If there is surveillance footage of the incident, it may be used in the courtroom as evidence against the individual who was involved.
Unfortunately, elder abuse does happen. You may have never expected it to happen to your loved one, especially if you selected a nursing home you felt was absolutely perfect. While it may not be the facility itself that is the problem, someone they hired could have made poor decisions leading up to the injuries that were sustained. In that case, the individual should be held responsible for the mistakes that were made and the pain that was caused to your loved one. A medical malpractice lawsuit could be the absolute best way to seek justice for an elderly person who may not be able to defend themselves. For more information, contact a professional such as R.J. Marzella & Associates, P.C.