Understanding Nursing Home Injuries and Elder Abuse
Nursing home injuries happen for many reasons, including abuse and neglect by the nursing home staff or other residents. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse happens far too often throughout the nation. Nursing home abuse typically involves physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, or financial abuse by a member of the staff or another resident.
When a resident suffers an injury due to abuse or neglect, the resident could be entitled to file a personal injury claim. Nursing home abuse is commonly the result of negligence on the part of the company that owns or operates the nursing home or its staff.
For instance, nursing homes might be short-staffed or lacking proper training. Unfortunately COVID 19 has affected staffing levels and made it more difficult to find good staff. Abuse can occur when nursing home staff are hurried to complete job tasks and frustration with resident needs increases. Nursing home personal injury claims often require an investigation into a company's policies and procedures, as well as nursing home regulations and laws.
If your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in their nursing home, contacting Cleveland Elder Law Co., LPA should be the first step you take. Call us at 216-464-9999 to find out how we can help you and your loved one recover from this violation. We work with personal injury attorneys to address abuse, and we are familiar with bringing cases against those who financially abuse nursing home residents or other elders.
Common Injuries from Ohio Nursing Home Abuse
The type and severity of nursing home abuse or neglect injuries differ significantly based on the injured individual and the circumstances surrounding the situation. One of the most common types of nursing home injuries is bedsores, which typically develop when a resident is not moved for long. However, there are several other types of injuries associated with nursing home abuse, including:
- Broken bones
- Concussions or other head injuries
- Bruising and lacerations
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Injuries from sexual abuse
It is also important to note that injuries do not always involve physical pain or harm. For instance, nursing home abuse could include financial exploitation, resulting in injuries which are purely financial. Additionally, a resident might sustain emotional injuries from nursing home abuse or neglect.
Warning Signs of Abuse or Neglect at a Nursing Home in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County
The warning signs of abuse or neglect at a nursing home can be obvious in some situations, or very subtle in other cases. Some common signs which require advocacy or an investigation of abuse or neglect may include a resident who:
- Develops a fear of certain residents or employees
- Has a dirty room, clothing. or other personal items
- Has poor hygiene
- Develops a change in their personality
- Has an excessively hot or cold room
- Seems overly anxious or fearful
- Has injuries with no valid explanation
- Loses their financial assets or personal property
It might be hard to believe that a loved one is being abused or neglected at a nursing home. But nursing home abuse happens, so it is important to understand the common warning signs and be willing to report potential abuse.
What to Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect in Ohio
If you suspect your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse or neglect, it is important to act quickly and seek help. Simply speaking with your loved one may not be sufficient because they might be afraid of repercussions if they disclose abuse to you.
Contacting Cleveland Elder Law Co., LPA could provide you with a better understanding of your options and investigate any claims of abuse or neglect. Additionally, most states have agencies tasked with handling nursing home abuse or neglect complaints and investigating any and all claims provided to them. Cleveland Elder Law can assist you in contacting the Ohio Department of Health to investigate violations of your loved one's rights.
It is important to take action as soon as possible if you suspect any type of nursing home abuse or neglect to prevent it from escalating. Call us at 216-464-9999 to schedule a 30 minute Free Consultation today.