More than half of all nursing homes are for profit facilities. As the population of the United States ages, more and more sons and daughters have to wrestle with the decision to place their parents into nursing homes.
If a nursing home’s negligence leads to an injury from elder care abuse or neglect, claims may be brought against them for compensation. Damages of nursing home elder care abuse or neglect include those available for other injury cases like pain and suffering and reimbursement for medical bills. Kirk represents clients in the areas of:
- Nursing home and assisted living facility neglect
- Theft by caregivers
- Assault by caregivers
The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 enacted residents’ rights in all Medicaid and Medicare certified nursing homes from elder care abuse or neglect. Here in Washington, the Legislature provided that the same rights apply to all residents of assisted living facilities as well. Washington law allows for claims to be brought by the person suffering the assault or neglect, their family members, or representatives even after the death of the injured person.
Statute of Limitations on Neglect
There is a three-year statute of limitations on negligence in Washington State.
Seattle, WA — Patient suffered injuries at the hands of her physician who created a hole in her abdomen that she did not notice for days later causing further injury. $450,000