There are two critical factors we look for in every case: (1) was the nursing home / hospital / doctor negligent; and (2) did THAT negligence cause the injuries or death?

Why is Causation Necessary?

Usually families who contact us are pretty sure the defendant was negligent—they didn’t provide timely or adequate care under the circumstances.

But you might be surprised to learn negligence is not enough.

Think of it this way.  When someone cuts you off in traffic, there’s a moment where anything might happen. Maybe you react quickly enough and avoid a crash.  Maybe not.  Either way, it was their fault, and you have every right to be angry.

But if you avoid the crash, you can’t file a lawsuit.  Because you avoided the negligence—their bad driving—causing you injuries.

When a nursing home or hospital is negligent, you have every right to be angry.  But if we cannot prove that negligence caused the injury or death at issue, you do not have a case.  This is called “causation”

How Do We Prove Causation?

Once we have a handle on the negligence—what the nursing home, hospital, or doctor did wrong—the question is, how do we prove causation: that the negligence caused the injury or death?  We prove causation through expert medical testimony: what doctors and nurses testify caused the injury or death.

We often can use the coroner or medical examiner’s findings and testimony as part of this process.  If the death certificate lists the cause of death as determined by the coroner, that is a presumptive cause of death.

We also interview witnesses from family, friends, and third parties.  This can include the nursing home former employees or staff, although there are limitations on speaking with current employees.

Sometimes the medicine is clear.  For example:

  • Head trauma leading to brain bleeds;
  • Falls with broken bones leading to decline and death;
  • Bedsores (or “pressure ulcers”) leading to infection, sepsis, decline, or death;
  • Malnutrition or dehydration leading to hypernatremia, organ failure, or death;
  • Understaffing leading to falls, bedsores, malnutrition, choking, etc.
  • Poor supervision of dysphagia or swallow-risk residents dying from choking; and
  • Unsupervised residents at risk of wandering being able to elope or leave from the facility.

By reviewing medical records, obtaining witness statements, consulting with experts, interviewing current or former employees, and understanding the medicine behind relevant conditions, we can establish a causation case when negligence causes injury or death.

Our Team

Attorney William Eadie

I am a trial lawyer who helps families hurt by caregiver carelessness–such as nursing homes and hospitals–and hold the wrongdoers accountable. I understand how the business of medicine can harm people, when corporations put their own profits ahead of providing quality care. . .  keep reading]

Attorney Michael Hill

I am a trial attorney who takes on hospitals and other medical corporations when they choose to put their own profits ahead of their patient’s safety. My practice is focused on medical negligence and wrongful death, primarily delayed diagnosis and treatment of heart attacks and strokes, as well as birth injuries. . .  keep reading 
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Nursing homes are regulated by federal and state regulations that most personal injury lawyers know nothing about.

If you're looking to take on a nursing home, you need a lawyer who knows those rules.

We exclusively handle medical claims, with a focus on nursing home abuse and neglect. We've tried these cases and obtained millions in damages at trial. 100% our cases involve the failure to provide appropriate hospital, medical, and nursing care to members of the community.

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We advance the costs of the investigation and lawsuit.  We only get paid from money we collect in a settlement of verdict: there’s never a bill to you.

By taking on all the risk, you can be sure we’re only going to take on cases we believe in fully.

What Can We Do to Nursing Home Conduct?

Nursing Homes are corporations: they speak the language of money.  Corporations, even non-profit corporations, are not real people; they do not have hearts, minds, or souls.

In our experience, holding a medical corporation responsible and accountable for carelessly injuring patients through a money verdict at trial, or a settlement motivated by their fear of trial, is the best way to make sure there is change.

A well-fought lawsuit can help prevent other people from being injured in the same way.

What Damages are Available?

Money damages available in a nursing home lawsuit can involve economic costs (medical bills, etc.), emotional harms like pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, and, if the injuries cause death, the mental anguish and loss of family members for wrongful death.

Many states allow for punitive damages when a medical corporation consciously disregards a patient’s rights and safety with a great probability of causing substantial harm. They are awarded in exceptional cases.

We’ve proven punitive damages at trial, including a $3,000,000 verdict for punitive damages against one of the largest medical companies in America.

Punitive damages are intended to punish, deter the defendant from doing the same thing in the future, and reform the nursing home industry.

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