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What Do I Need to File a Nursing Home Claim?

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Nov 28, 2012 5:19:00 AM

When we entrust our loved ones to a nursing home, we naturally hope that we’re leaving them in good hands in every sense of the word. We hope that they’ll be properly cared for medically speaking. We also definitely expect them to be treated with tender loving care and respect. We want the money we pay into the nursing home’s care program to be handled adequately as well.

However, sometimes things don’t work out as planned. Sometimes it’s even necessary to file a claim against the nursing home you’ve entrusted with the care of your loved one for any number of reasons including but not limited to abuse or misuse of funds. Let’s take a closer look at what you’ll need in order to file your claim and get compensation today.

Proper Documentation and Records in Regards to Evidence

When it comes to building your case, one of the most important things to have at your disposal are thorough and complete records of what’s been going on. This is the case in regards to any type of claim you may want to make. Documentation should include all of the following:

  • The reason for the accusation you are making in the first place… in detail.
  • Dates (and times where appropriate) attached to incidents, especially in the case of neglect or abuse accusations.
  • The names of officials you have spoken with in regards to the situation, as well as dates and times.
  • Responses and actions on the part of the nursing home’s management in regards to your concerns.

This documentation must be prepared before you contact the appropriate state agency about the situation at hand.

Other Things to Consider

You will also need information as far as who to contact at the Department of Health. This information can be obtained from your state attorney general’s office. Once you get in touch with an official, a case number will be assigned to your claim and the process will move forward from there.

You may want to consider enlisting the aid of a qualified attorney as far as navigating the red tape attached to filing a nursing home claim. An experienced attorney can help make sure all the proper bases are covered, all the right people are contacted, and that you are able to get the compensation you have coming to you for your troubles and hardships. Contact a professional in your area today!

Topics: Personal Injury