Would I have a case for neglect against a nursing home?

1 answer | Last updated: Oct 21, 2016
A fellow caregiver asked...

My mother developed a serious bedsore on her foot and the nursing home didn't properly take care of it. She is in the hospital as I write this. The doctor suggested to amputate her leg and I refuse. She is too old and may not come out of the operation. Should I sue the nursing home for their neglect?

Expert Answers

I am not the correct Caring.com ["Expert"] to address this question to. I am not a litigation lawyer. I do not deal with, or have any experience with, issues about nursing home negligence. More importantly, whatever advice any Expert from Caring.com could give you, it would only be advice. To sue the nursing home, you will have to hire a lawyer I suggest that you talk to a lawyer, or a few, and see if any is interested in taking the case. You want a lawyer willing yo take the case on "contingency," which means the lawyer only gets paid if he and you win. In other words, you wouldn't have to pay the lawyer out of (your) pocket. Lawyers who takes cases on contingency generally have an astute reading of whether they will win.