The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that 1 out of every 20 nursing home patients has been the victim of negligence and/or injury, and notes that the incidence of nursing home abuse may be higher. In many cases, weakness, illness, dementia and other ailments or disabilities can prevent the elderly from protecting themselves or reporting abuse. Many nursing home residents are extremely vulnerable and require careful and frequent supervision. Poor supervision can result in serious injury, worsening illness and even death for nursing home residents.
At Geisleman & Brown, we understand how devastating it is to realize your loved one has been injured by neglect while in a nursing home. Our attorneys have years of experience handling nursing home negligence cases and can work with you to document the harms. We have represented clients who have had a loved one receive serious injuries or even die due to nursing home negligence or abuse resulting from:
- Poor supervision resulting in residents wandering off, falling, choking
- Failing to maintain hygienic or sterile conditions, to clean medical equipment, or remove soiled clothing
- Poor monitoring of a condition
- Lack of care resulting in painful bed sores or broken bones
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Mistakes in prescription drugs regarding time or the dosage
Due to limited resources, inadequately trained staff and overpopulated facilities, elderly or disabled patients living in long-term care facilities often lack the attention they require. Nursing home abuse can be a hidden problem due to the inability of victims to express pain and neglect.
Knowing the signs is critical in the fight against nursing home abuse and neglect. Inadequate staffing in care facilities, or poorly trained or unqualified aides can lead to neglect, physical or sexual abuse, psychological or mental trauma and financial exploitation. The nursing home must be held accountable in the event of any or all of the following circumstances:
Medical malpractice, when health care workers in nursing homes (including doctors, nurses, nursing assistants and therapists) do not follow best practices for patient care.
Poor supervision of patients, which occurs when health care workers and other staff do not appropriately monitor patients.
Poor supervision of workers, including improperly or incompletely trained staff, unhygienic conditions, or failure to give medication or medical assistance at the right time.
Abuse by nursing home employees, when malicious individuals take advantage of vulnerable patients who are unable to defend themselves or even tell others about the abuse.
Geisleman & Brown Can Help
If your parent, grandparent, spouse, sibling or other loved one has suffered injury, abuse or wrongful death in a nursing home, they deserve justice. We will determine the issues involved in your case, and take the steps necessary to obtain the appropriate financial compensation.
Our attorneys can help recover compensatory damages for:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental pain and suffering
- Physical impairment
- Loss of affection
- Loss of quality of life
- Expenses for reasonable and necessary medical care, treatment and services
- Last illness and funeral expenses
Geisleman & Brown will investigate the facts of your claim, provide you with an informed legal opinion on the merits of your case, and help you obtain the financial restitution you and your loved ones deserve.
To schedule a free consultation to discuss your nursing home negligence claim, give us a call at 260.420.2001.