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Investigating Nursing Home Violations

The transition into a nursing home is difficult for both patients and their families. It is a sacrifice, and residents rely heavily on the compassion and competence of nursing home staff and management to provide the best care possible and avoid any instance of nursing home neglect. 

Around 1.4 million Americans reside in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. Elderly residents are typically frail and vulnerable both physically and emotionally. Your loved ones deserve the best care and attentive staff, though that does not always happen.

Nursing home neglect has been a serious issue for decades now, and the management of facilities must be held accountable when instances of negligence affect your family. If an Ohio nursing home fails to provide the professional care they have advertised, and patient injuries and deaths result, the companies may be held responsible in Ohio courts. 

Common Areas of Nursing Home Neglect

The elderly population in nursing homes and assisted living facilities around Ohio frequently suffer injuries like bedsores due to neglect. Some underlying issues that lead to neglect include:

  • Improper medication
  • Lack of supervision
  • Malnutrition
  • Inadequate wound care
  • Delay in sending patients to medical centers and hospitals.
  • Understaffing

These severe injuries are almost always preventable, and nursing homes have a duty to ensure that residents are kept safe and as healthy as possible. Nursing home neglect may lead to severe infection, amputations, and death.

Factors for Quality Nursing Home Care 

  • Evaluating systems and processes
  • Sanitary conditions
  • Health inspection reports
  • Adequate Staffing

Residents need continual attention and reports aimed to monitor the average hours a day a patient receives care from registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, licensed vocational nurses and certified nurse assistants. Overall,  staffing appears to be a huge factor in the level of care provided.

Joe Lyon  has represented patients in Medical Malpractice cases for 17 years throughout Ohio and Kentucky. 

The Firm is dedicated to making America’s nursing homes safer and more trustworthy by holding nurses and medical professionals accountable when mistakes are made and injuries are sustained. 

 

The Firm handles cases on contingency fees advancing all costs of the case and accepts the financial risk of the litigation to allow the clients access to court and reduce the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare needs. 

The Firm does not seek reimbursement for fees or costs in the event of a non-recovery. 

The Lyon Firm investigates nursing home neglect claims
Helping Families Get Answers

Why are Nursing Home Neglect Cases Important?

Nursing Homes Neglect lawsuits provide answers when nursing home staff are unwilling to be honest with a patient’s family about poor medical conditions and outcomes. Nursing Homes Neglect lawsuits also provide for a sense of justice with compensation and financial security for future medical care and lost income.   

There is also a societal benefit. As a result of nursing home neglect lawsuits, and holding negligent nursing homes responsible when they fall below a professional standard of care, the nursing home standards of care are enforced and improved by the deterrent effect and threat of future lawsuits. 

In other words, nursing home neglect lawsuits make the entire system safer so more families do not suffer the same adverse events. 

Nursing Home Neglect Questions

What are some Common Examples of Nursing Home Neglect?

 

Is a Fall a Sign of Nursing Home Neglect?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates approximately 1,800 nursing home residents die from dangerous falls each year. Residents who survive falls may sustain hip or head injuries which can lead to permanent disabilities.

Because of the new surroundings and staff neglect, many newly admitted nursing home residents will suffer a fall shortly after their arrival. Understaffing is a big factor in these injuries, and the management of nursing homes have a responsibility to prevent falls and accidents.

Is a Bed Sore a Sign of Nursing Home Neglect?

Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, pressure ulcers, and skin lesions can be very painful and lead to more serious health problems if not treated promptly. Nursing home staff are well aware that patients confined to beds need to be turned regularly to reduce the risk of developing ulcers. However, when nursing homes are understaffed or fail to properly attend to residents, patients suffer the consequences.

Do Nursing Home Neglect Cases settle?

Nursing homes tend to settle out of court when accidents and wrongful deaths occur, and you may seek legal counsel to guide you through the legal process. 

How to Investigate a Nursing Home Neglect Case

 

  1. Gather a full and informed history from the family addressing their concerns and thoughts on what went wrong; 
  2. Gather the complete medical records including film studies, if any; 
  3. Review of the records and applicable medical literature by attorneys; 
  4. Review of the records by a qualified physician practicing in the relevant areas on standard of care and causation; 
  5. Final consultation with expert to review opinions;
  6. Signing of Affidavit of Merit by the Expert before case filing, for cases where medical malpractice is identified. 
Request a No-Cost & Confidential Consultation

 

    • Answer a few general questions.
    • A member of our legal team will review your case.
    • We will determine, together with you, what makes sense for the next step for you and your family to take.
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