In the unfortunate event that your loved one is neglected or abused in their assisted living facility, you may have to serve as their advocate in a civil lawsuit. In addition, you may have to serve as their temporary caregiver until you are able to locate a safe space for them to reside in. This may translate into significant medical expenses that may persist indefinitely. And so, you must make it a point to address these future expenses in your elder abuse claim. Read on to discover how you can recover financial compensation for future medical expenses in an elder abuse claim and how a seasoned California elder abuse lawyer at Cowdrey & Jenkins LLP can be in your corner throughout.
Can I recover financial compensation for future medical expenses in an elder abuse claim?
After your loved one is injured in their assisted living facility, they may require an abundance of medical care for the rest of their life. This is especially the case because their age may inhibit them from rapidly healing or otherwise reaching a full recovery. You should not have to tap into your or your loved one’s saving to pay for these medical expenses. Instead, you may disclose them in your elder abuse claim. Examples of future medical expenses you may recover are as follows:
- The cost of anticipated hospital stays, surgeries, and doctor’s appointments.
- The cost of anticipated prescription medications and prescribed rehabilitation services.
- The cost of home repairs that are needed to adapt to your loved one’s condition.
- The cost of in-home nursing care that is needed to treat your loved one’s condition.
- The cost of assistive medical devices that are needed to aid your loved one’s condition.
What other damages may I recover in an elder abuse claim?
It is likely that you incurred far more damages than just medical expenses when your loved one was made a victim of neglect or abuse. These damages may have been either economic or non-economic in nature, or both. Below is a breakdown of these damages:
- Economic damages:
- The cost of moving your loved one from one assisted living facility to another.
- The cost of attorney fees and court fees to conduct your civil lawsuit.
- Punitive damages to discourage the assisted living facility’s manager or worker from such misconduct in the future.
- Non-economic damages:
- Your loved one’s physical pain and suffering.
- Your loved one’s emotional distress or mental anguish.
- Your loved one’s deteriorated quality of life.
If an elder abuse claim is something you wish to kickstart today, then you must retain the services of a competent California elder abuse lawyer from Cowdrey & Jenkins LLP. We await sitting down with you at your free initial consultation.