Ohio attorney Bill Campbell discusses the most common forms of injury to residents of a nursing home or long-term care facility.
It can be a very difficult time when we have to put a parent or a loved one in a nursing home. It’s stressful, emotional and can be very challenging.
So, when we hear stories in the news about lawsuits and nursing home abuse, it can add even more pressure and troubles to the entire ordeal. But the reality is that nursing home abuse is real.
One of the most common injuries a resident can suffer is a bed sore (also known as a pressure wound). A bed sore occurs when the patient spends too much time on a part of their body and the skin basically begins to break down.
To combat this situation and any other medical issues, nursing home facilities are tasked with putting together a comprehensive care plan for each resident. The staff meets with doctors, nurses, nutritionists and even the families of the resident to discuss the exact needs of your parent or loved one. This plan is tailored to meet the needs of their well being by understanding their medical needs, nutritional needs and even hygiene.
Unfortunately, sometimes this plan is not followed. When the care plan that was put in place at the facility becomes compromised, the resident may not be turned enough and develop bed sores, become trapped in a bed-rail or be seriously injured in a fall. This can be due to poor communication, an undertrained staff or even overworked staff. Whatever the reason, your parent or loved one was put in danger and suffered pain.
If we can demonstrate that the facility or its employees acted in a negligent manner, we can bring a claim against them and hold them liable for any damages your loved one has incurred. These damages can include medical bills, disability, disfigurement as well as pain and suffering. If you suspect your loved is suffering from abuse or neglect, you should seek the advice of an experienced attorney who can help your family recover from nursing home abuse.
To learn more about nursing home abuse law, I encourage you to watch the video above and to explore our educational website at www.elkandelk.com. If you have legal questions, please call us at 1-800-ELK-OHIO. I welcome your call.