State Legislatures Working To Remove Families From Filing Lawsuits On Behalf Of Injured

A number of states are determining case laws on whether or not an injured parties’ damages can extend to the family or not. Specifically, if someone is injured in a nursing home, some state laws say the only damages that can be sought lie with the direct victim, excluding any of the family members.  However, attorneys and legislative officers are saying that they are not in agreement with the law.

If a victim dies unrelated to the injury, not only is the case dropped currently in some states, because the injury did not cause the death, but also because the patient is not present to represent in regards to the case. The law does not account for any of the family members’ pain and suffering. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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