Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers in Columbus
Has Your Loved One Received the Attentive Care They Deserve?
We entrust the health and safety of our parents, spouses, and other family members who, because of age, illness, or infirmity may not be able to properly care for themselves to assisted living facilities, often called nursing homes.
Most nursing homes are owned and operated by corporations who make money for their stockholders. Unfortunately, this means they are not always looking out for the best interests of their residents—focusing instead on lowering operating costs. This too often results in hiring aides and attendants with less than optimal skills, attitudes, or work ethic. The quality of medical care is also less than ideal.
When your loved one has been mistreated by their caretakers, contact the Columbus personal injury attorneys of Plymale & Dingus at (614) 418-6460.
Neglect Can Lead to Serious Injuries
Nursing home neglect is a serious breach ethical and professional conduct. Failing to properly care for these residents can result in them suffering serious injuries. Below we overview some of the common injuries that occur due to nursing home negligence
- Fall Injuries – Falls are the most common cause of injury to nursing home patients, accounting for over 75% of all nursing home injuries. Often a family member requires assistance in getting out of bed, walking, bathing, etc. Nursing homes are required to do a thorough assessment of each patient’s “fall risk” at admission and continue to assess on an ongoing basis.
- Pressure Sores/Decubitus Ulcers – Bedsores are most often seen in bedridden patients, where they experience pressure on an area which has a thin layer of skin and a bony prominence. The best cure for pressure sores is prevention. This means the nursing staff must frequently reposition (every 2 hours) the bedridden patient and be on alert for redness or other signs of breakdown of the skin in vulnerable areas. Federal regulations require nursing homes to implement procedures to prevent and timely treat pressure ulcers, and they are responsible in damages unless the resident’s medical condition proves the pressure ulcer was unavoidable.
- Wandering and Elopement – When a patient enters a nursing home, the home is required to create a “care plan.” The patient’s risk for wandering and elopement should be a substantial consideration within this care plan. Taking precautions to prevent wandering inside or elopement out of the facility is important because of the risk of injury when the resident wanders into an area not intended for patient care. Elopement occurs where a resident, incapable of adequate self-care, leaves the facility unsupervised and unnoticed and is thereby put in jeopardy of injury.
- Over Medication and Medication Errors – Medication errors are too often the source of patient injury or death. This results from a combination of many factors, including the patient’s fragile health status, the need for multiple medications, and/or physician, pharmacist, or nursing error. If you believe your family member has been seriously injured or killed by medication errors, a consult with our injury lawyers may be in order.
- Undue Delay in Diagnosis or Treatment – There is no excuse for permitting a patient to experience extreme pain symptoms for days or weeks without significant medical intervention. For those who suffer permanent injury or death as a result of such neglect, there is help.
Contact a Columbus injury attorney at Plymale & Dingus today for a free consultation.