Anyone who breaches their duty of care to another is in the wrong- but when that person is in a trusted position and caring for a vulnerable person, it is even more important they be held liable. Nursing home abuse rates have increased in recent years- with more elderly residents falling victim to personal injury or trauma caused by negligent care. Thousands of cases of abuse and neglect are reported in Ohio nursing homes annually- and experts suggest that thousands more go unreported.
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What to Do if You Suspect Negligent or Abusive Behaviour
The thought of a neglected loved one suffering abuse as a patient in a trusted care home is devastating- but nursing home abuse attorneys can help.
Shuerger Shunnarah Trial Attorneys are dedicated nursing home abuse lawyers who take the time to care- and seek reparation on a personal, emotional, and financial level for their clients.
Contact the team today for a free consultation on behalf of yourself or a family member who has been affected by nursing home neglect or abuse.
What Constitutes Nursing Home Abuse?
Ohio- and the rest of the US- has strict laws and regulations regarding the treatment and care of elderly patients in nursing homes.
When a person is under the care of a licensed facility and suffers harm due to the action or inaction of the people in charge of that care- it is considered abusive conduct.
Abuse does not always mean violence- although it does sometimes go that way. It can also mean the failure to protect the patient- or failure to effectively carry out the job of looking after them.
There are two categories of abuse in nursing homes: intentional abuse, and neglect. Both are breaches of a legal duty of care on the part of the nursing home staff- and victims and their families can claim damages.
Examples of Nursing Home Neglect
Neglect is essentially the failure to properly care for a nursing home resident in some way. Some examples of neglectful abuse include:
Failure to bathe patients often enough- which can lead to poor hygiene and skin conditions
Not moving or turning over immobile patients as they should be- causing discomfort and infections
Ineffectively monitoring a resident's health, nutrition, and hydration- and failure to properly evaluate and treat malnutrition, dehydration, or other health issues
Failing to provide the medical care or attention required
Poor supervision that puts residents in danger or causes injury
Having too few staff- or hiring staff that are poorly trained or underqualified- also contributes to a nursing home neglect case.
If the neglect is found to be on purpose, it crosses into intentional abuse. Nursing home abuse is when a person's intentional acts cause harm or discomfort to residents.
This could be verbal abuse, withholding of care (mental and emotional abuse), or even physical assault.
Signs of Possible Abuse in Nursing Homes
Nursing home patients who are being abused are not always able- or willing- to tell somebody. It is important for families to know the signs so they can quickly report abuse before it goes any further.
Some of the possible signs of nursing home abuse include:
Bedsores and other skin problems
Infections, gangrene, and sepsis
Fearful, jumpy behavior
Refusal to speak or eat (withdrawal)
Wrong medication given
Residents trying to leave or wandering out unnoticed
If a loved one displays any symptoms of nursing home abuse or neglect- or they lose their life under suspicious circumstances- it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
How Can Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Help?
Anyone who suspects the abuse of nursing home residents (specifically a loved one), should contact a professional legal team.
Neglect lawyers in Toledo, Northwest Ohio, help win tens of millions of dollars from abused and neglected residents- holding responsible parties accountable, and preventing other cases from happening.
A nursing home abuse attorney can help gather evidence, put together a solid case, handle the legal proceedings in court, and negotiate a full and fair settlement.
The lawyer can liaise with the police, the facility, and the insurance company to investigate the claim and seek maximum compensation.
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Why Choose Shuerger Shunnarah to Represent Abused Nursing Home Residents?
At Shuerger Shunnarah, nursing home abuse in the city of Toledo does not go unanswered for.
The team of elite personal injury lawyers specializes in nursing home abuse cases- using their exceptional understanding of the law, their resources, and their unrivaled dedication to doing right by victims to hold nursing homes accountable for all types of abuse.
Shuerger Shunnarah lawyers work closely with the authorities and families of victims to track the investigation and ensure legal backing in preparation for the next steps.
They offer a free consultation to those who suspect their family member is at risk- or who have already addressed their concerns and are following up to determine their legal options.
If a victim has suffered mental, emotional, or physical abuse- including neglect, injury, deterioration of health, or even death, a Shuerger Shunnarah Toledo nursing home abuse lawyer attorney can go to war for them while they focus on rehabilitation- or their loved ones process their loss.
Attorneys can help to protect the privacy and safety of an injured or abused nursing home patient throughout the legal proceedings.
They can put together a claim for maximum compensation for pain and suffering, personal injury, and other damages- heading the negotiations with the insurance company of the at-fault facility.
Shuerger Shunnarah puts in the hours and the work to gain recompense and relief for elderly abuse victims- working on a contingency fee basis so they don't win until the client wins.
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- Brian D.
Let Shuerger Shunnarah Trial Attorneys Go to War for You
Fear that a loved one is being mistreated in any way in a facility designed to care for them can leave someone distraught and unsure where to turn.
Working with a dedicated attorney at Shuerger Shunnarah is the best way to hold at-fault facilities responsible for negligence and abuse- and to fight for the rightful compensation victims are owed.
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