Cincinnati Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer: Common Types of Elder Abuse & Ohio Nursing Home Injury Claims

Each year, older Americans move into nursing homes and assisted living facilities to receive attentive nursing care around the clock. Over 1.4 million Americans reside in around 16,000 different nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. 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. When nursing homes fail to provide the professional care they promise, and injuries and deaths result, they may be held accountable by Ohio law.

Many assisted living facilities and nursing homes do their best to provide an aging individual with attentive nursing care. However, nursing home abuse and negligence are still far too common. If you or your loved one has suffered while living in a nursing home, contact an experienced lawyer to help you seek compensation, restore dignity, and ensure that health care improves for future patients.

Nursing home negligence occurs for a number of reasons, including understaffing, underqualified staff, mismanagement and poor communication channels. Abuse and neglect can quickly lead to dire health situations. Residents can develop bedsores and other infections and suffer from frequent falls. Nursing home facilities may also improperly use medications to immobilize certain residents. Some of the other most common types of abuse include:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Confinement
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Intimidation
  • Humiliation
  • Failing to hydrate patients
  • Failing to prevent malnutrition
  • Ignoring an elderly individual
  • Isolating them from friends or activities
  • Sexual Assault & Inappropriate physical contact
  • Intentional or unintentional neglect of proper care
  • Financial Exploitation
  • Failure to prevent bedsores and infections
  • Identity theft & forgery
  • Stealing or misuse of personal accounts
  • Overcharging for services
  • Over or under-medicating
  • Improper use of restraints

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio personal injury attorney with experience in injuries and deaths due to nursing home claims of neglect. Mr. Lyon has represented plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of medical negligence, wrongful death and injury claims. 

The Lyon is investigating the following Genesis nursing homes for potential patient neglect:

  • New Lebanon Center
  • Troy Center
  • Bryan Center
  • Twin Rivers Center
  • Swanton Valley Center
  • Sylvania Center
  • Perrysburg Center
  • Point Place Center
  • Circleville Center
  • Presidential Center
  • Homestead Center
  • New Lexington Center
  • West Bay Center
  • Marietta Center
  • The Heights
  • Park East Center

Nursing Home Claims: Falls Pose Serious Patient Risks

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. The following factors may contribute to nursing home falls:

  • Overmedication—sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs increase the risk of falls in nursing home residents. Fall risks are particularly high during the first week on a new medication.
  • Understaffing
  • Unqualified staff
  • Wet floors
  • Unattended patients
  • Improper foot wear
  • Poor use of walking aids

Common Signs of Ohio Nursing Home Injury & Abuse

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Restraint marks
  • Lack of hygiene maintenance
  • Untidy living conditions
  • Unexplained withdrawals from bank accounts
  • Bedsores and poor skin conditions
  • Signs of dehydration
  • Unusually sedated residents
  • Weight loss
  • Broken bones & fractures
  • Bruising from unknown injuries
  • A patient that withdraws socially over time
  • Entirely non-communicative patient
  • A fear of physical contact

If a loved one has suffered an Ohio nursing home injury due to staff neglect, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer questions regarding serious Ohio nursing home injury.