Jun 01, 2016 - 10:54 AM
You should document the loss in writing to the facility, neutrally stating the facts as you know them, your reasoning about responsibility, and your request that they cover the loss. Read the contract you or your Mother has with the facility and refer to any sections that address loss of personal property. Although it won't help this time, I wonder if there is such a thing as insurance for personal property that would cover her in the nursing home - sort of like renter's insurance. Best of luck to you and your Mother.
Jun 06, 2016 - 07:16 AM
I do not know all of the facts, but it seems to me that it would be hard to prove that the facility is responsible for the loss. If you thought they were responsible and they refused to pay for it after your personal request, then you would have to hire a lawyer to file suit. I am not sure how much a denture costs, but I imagine it would not be enough to warrant the legal fees you would have to pay to get a recovery. You would not be able to find someone to take the case on a contingency because the damages would likely not be worth enough to make it worth the attorney's while.
The only other option would be to contact your local circuit or district clerk and ask about filing a lawsuit in small claims court. These courts are for matters where the damages are smaller (for example, under $10,000 in some states) and many people represent themselves (as it is not cost effective to hire an attorney).