Will My Nursing Home Lawsuit Help Prevent Abuse And Neglect?

Chris Davis
Award-winning personal injury attorney and founder of Davis Law Group, P.S. in Seattle, Washington.

If you or a loved one has been injured or harmed as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect, pursuing a personal injury claim or lawsuit may allow you and your family to recover compensation for your injuries and other losses. Filing a claim against the nursing home responsible for the absue or neglect is the best way to ensure that victims are made whole and that they do not suffer financial trouble in addition to their physical injuries.

But in addition to ensuring they are fairly compensated for their own individual losses, many nursing home abuse and neglect victims are also concerned about ensuring that nobody else suffers from future negligence on behalf of the nursing home facility. In fact, many of our nursing home abuse and neglect clients have made it clear that they are equally focused on holding the wrongdoers accountable for their actions in every possible way. 

Do Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits Help Enact Change?

On the whole, lawsuits against nursing home facilities for abuse and neglect do help prevent future incidents and help raise the bar for the standard of care that nursing home residents receive. The risk of a potential lawsuit is one of the single greatest incentives for nursing home facilities to improve their protocols and procedures and ensure that their patients receive the best possible care. 

Not only do lawsuits penalize nursing home facilities for their negligence, but negative publicity and the public relations disasters that accompany a nursing home abuse lawsuit can forever damage the reputation of a facility and force it to shut down if business is negatively affected. If a nursing home facility ends up in the news because of a lawsuit, that facility may have a difficult time attracting new residents and their business is likely to suffer. 

This is another reason why it is pertinent that residents and their families report any potential abuse or neglect on the part of a nursing home immediately and to the proper authorities. If nursing home facilities are able to continue to abuse and neglect their patients, then it is nearly impossible to hold them accountable for their actions.