Nursing Home Abuse:

Loss of Enjoyment of Life

Most states allow additional recovery when a nursing home injury interferes with the plaintiff's ability to lead a normal life. The loss of the enjoyment of life is understood to mean that a person is deprived of the ordinary pleasures of living a full life (i.e. the ability to play with grandchildren, walk and exercise, engage in pastimes that were previously enjoyed).

Loss of enjoyment of life is considered separate from pain and suffering damages, which seek to compensate for the mental and physical anguish that has been caused by an injury. Loss of enjoyment of life specifically covers the elements of the victim's life that have been lost, temporarily of permanently, that the court chooses to place value upon.