Below is an example of the framework for an Opening Statement in a nursing home abuse and neglect case. In trial, both parties make an opening statement to introduce a roadmap of what the jury will hear throughout the trial.
Plaintiff’s Opening Statement in a Nursing Home Negligence Trial
Your Honor, members of the jury, my name is _________, and I represent the plaintiff in this nursing home negligence case. My client, ____________, was an elderly resident who was supposed to receive care and support at [insert nursing home name], but instead, she suffered severe injuries and emotional distress due to the defendant’s negligence.
Over the next few days, we will present evidence that will show how the defendant failed to provide adequate care and attention to my client, leading to her suffering serious injuries, including bed sores, falls, and eventually, wrongful death. My client was entitled to receive proper care, attention, and supervision, but instead, she was subjected to neglect and mistreatment.
We will present evidence that the defendant was negligent in several ways, including [insert specific acts of negligence], which caused my client to suffer significant pain and suffering, incur medical expenses, and experience a decline in her overall health.
Moreover, we will show how the defendant’s conduct was unacceptable and violated the trust my client and her family placed in them. My client deserves to receive fair and just compensation for the harm she has suffered due to the defendant’s negligence.
We will also show that the defendant’s negligence was not an isolated incident, but rather a pattern of neglect and mistreatment that has been going on for some time. This will demonstrate the need for the defendant to be held accountable for its actions and to take corrective action to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.
Throughout this trial, we ask you to keep in mind the significant pain and suffering my client has endured due to the defendant’s negligence. We will present evidence that will show that the defendant’s actions were not only negligent but also inexcusable. We ask that you hold the defendant accountable for its actions and award my client fair and just compensation for her losses.
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