When you have a loved one in a bad situation, you want to do anything possible to help. When it comes to combating issues with a loved one’s nursing home, you may have to take legal steps to protect him or her.
One option for you to do is file an injunction. The Legal Information Institute explains an injunction is a court order that makes someone do something or stop doing something.
Reasons to use
You may want to get an injunction if you need to stop something happening to your loved one. For example, if you oppose certain medications that the facility is giving to your loved one, an injunction may help you to stop them from continuing to administer those medications.
It could also be useful to compel the facility to do something. For example, if you want a certain treatment for your loved one, but the facility has refused to administer it, then an injunction could help you to get that treatment.
How to get one
You would have to file with the court to ask a judge to order an injunction. Only the court can do it, and the choice to do it is completely up to the judge in the case.
If you get an injunction and the facility does not comply with it, the nursing home could face criminal or civil punishments for being in contempt of court.
An injunction may be just what you need in your situation while you prepare a bigger case against the nursing home. It can help you to get immediate action while you wait to go to court for your case.