Nursing Home Negligence

When we place an elderly or disabled loved one in a nursing home or long-term care facility, we expect they will receive proper care and will be safe. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

We commonly see injuries — broken bones, sprains, muscle tear — when fragile patients fall while being transferred from bed to wheelchair or into and out of a vehicle, or when a patient is improperly restrained in a bed or chair. We additionally see medication errors which result in injury. Sometimes these accidents result in death.

If your loved one has suffered injury or an untimely death as a result of nursing home negligence or nursing home abuse, the courts can help you to hold the nursing home accountable. By taking action, you can help insure that other nursing residents may avoid similar fates. Failure to take action on behalf of an injured family member is an invitation to inaction on the part of an institution which should be doing all that it can to save and protect its residents.

Depending on the facts of the case, the statute of limitations may be three (death cases), four (professional negligence claims), or six years (general negligence resulting in injury) in Minnesota, during which time you must settle your claim or at least start legal proceedings or face dismissal of the claim. It is critical to take action as soon as possible so as to preserve evidence, contact witnesses, and ensure that the rights of your elderly or disabled loved ones are protected.

Tips When Looking for a Nursing Home

  • Medicare provides an informational booklet about what to consider and look for when choosing a nursing home for yourself or a loved one.
  • The Minnesota Department of Health provides a Report Card assessment of individual nursing homes.
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Filing a Complaint Against a Minnesota Nursing Home

The Office of Health Facility Complaints handles reports of nursing home neglect and abuse. The form to file a complaint can be found on its web site.  File a Complaint Here →