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Legal options are available following nursing home abuse

The expectation when elderly individuals enter a nursing home is that they will be well cared for. Unfortunately, in some circumstances, elderly residents of nursing homes may sometimes be physically or emotionally abused. Nursing home neglect or nursing home abuse situations can sometimes lead to injuries or even death. Loved ones of victims of nursing home neglect or nursing home abuse may have legal protections to consider following an incident of nursing home negligence.

What is the discovery rule?

When thinking of cases of tragedy, you may be surprised to learn that there is a statute of limitations in place for a variety of crimes. This would bar an individual from pressing charges against another party after a certain time period has lapsed. A wrongful death case surprisingly does.

Modification of wrongful death compensatory awards

Suddenly and unexpectedly losing a loved one can throw your world into chaos. Such a loss can be utterly devastating to your emotions, especially when the accident that caused the death was wholly preventable. This is often seen in instances of distracted driving, drunk driving and medical malpractice. In addition to having to cope with the emotional pain and suffering experienced in the aftermath of a fatal accident, surviving family members must also find a way to recoup their economic damages, which can include anything from medical expenses, lost wages and funeral costs. Fortunately, a successful wrongful death claim may lead to the recovery of compensation that can help alleviate these financial strains.

What to look for when choosing a nursing home

One of the most difficult decisions for a family is to remove loved ones from their homes and enter them into a nursing home. While in a vast majority of cases this is best for the person, who often can no longer take care of himself or herself and does not have the proper care on hand to address all of their needs, there are rare times when a nursing home also fails to provide the necessary care we assume they will provide to our loved one.

The wrongful death lawsuit: A tool for families seeking justice

When an Allegheny County resident suffers an injury as a result of a medical provider's negligent act, that resident may be able to hold responsible parties to account through a negligence lawsuit. This provides a forum for both parties to be heard and for compensation to be awarded if appropriate. But what if a medical provider's alleged negligent act results in the patient's death? Obviously the patient himself or herself cannot file a lawsuit in this case.

Legal time limits after a loved one's suspected wrongful death

If you are ever in a situation where a loved one unexpectedly has passed away, the loss is no doubt overwhelming. Dealing with the initial needs like funeral arrangements and grieving can be more than any one person should bear. You, along with family members and friends, may have a lot of questions about how and why your loved one passed away. If you are a surviving spouse of the victim, you may be in even a more delicate position than you ever imagined.

What damages are available in a wrongful death case?

One of the most basic principles of the justice system is to make a person whole again after they have been wrongfully injured by someone else. In the civil system, the primary way this principle is accomplished is through an award of compensation, otherwise known as damages. Because an injury or death can drastically alter Pennsylvania residents' lives, there are many different kinds of damages that may be awarded.

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