Can You Sue a Rehab Facility for Negligence?

By David M. Schloss

Rehabilitation centers help a wide variety of people who are on the road to recovery, either from injuries and surgeries or serious substance addiction. However, when these facilities fail in their duty and instead harm the people they serve, you might understandably wonder if you can sue a rehab facility for negligence.

Reports indicate that as many as 29% of patients in rehab facilities incur harm in the form of medication errors, bedsores, and other conditions stemming from negligence. At Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis, LLP, we proudly represent patients in the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., area in their pursuit of fair compensation after suffering the consequences of medical malpractice at rehab facilities.

When Can You Sue a Rehab Facility for Negligence?

Can you sue a rehab facility for negligence?

Rehab centers have a legal duty of care to the patients they agree to serve. When the facility or its staff members violate that duty through negligence, you have the right to file a claim for compensation or even pursue further legal action.

Common reasons for which you can sue a rehab facility for negligence include:

  • You sustained an injury due to the treatment provided.
  • You sustained an injury that staff members were able to prevent.
  • Staff members injured you through direct action or lack of action.

How Can You Prove Negligence?

Finding success in your malpractice case and securing the best possible settlement hinges on proving that negligence took place. The key elements for establishing negligence are:

  • Proving that the rehab facility owed you a duty of care by establishing that you were a patient at the time of your injury
  • Asserting that the facility breached that duty of care by providing evidence of negligent behavior
  • Demonstrating that you suffered recoverable damages
  • Establishing a direct link between the facility’s breach of duty and your damages

Thorough documentation of your medical records and interactions with staff members at the rehab facility can strengthen your case. Your legal team can provide guidance in determining if you can sue a rehab facility for negligence successfully with the evidence available to you.

What Can a Personal Injury Attorney Do for You?

A couple shakes hands with their attorney who is helping to file a suit for a rehab facility demonstrating negligence.

Working with a Washington, D.C., personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis, LLP, can make all the difference when you are tackling a medical malpractice claim. Your lawyer from our firm can conduct a thorough investigation and present compelling evidence during settlement negotiations. If you decide to sue the rehab facility for its staff’s negligence, you can choose us to represent you in the courtroom.

We do not charge for your initial consultation with our firm. You will not have to pay any fees unless we succeed in securing the compensation owed to you.

Call an Attorney Who Understands Suing for Medical Negligence

Experiencing further injury is likely the last thing you expect to happen during rehabilitation, which naturally will leave you asking if you can sue a rehab facility for negligence when a harmful situation occurs.

Our team at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis, LLP, is ready to answer any questions you might have about medical negligence and personal injury law. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

About the Author
David M. Schloss is an injury attorney and partner in the law firm of Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP. He joined the law firm in 1987 and has earned a reputation as one of the leading personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys in the District of Columbia.