Cleveland Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
We Do Not Tolerate Harm Caused to Nursing Home Residents
If your loved one is in a nursing home, you expect them to receive the treatment and assistance they need. Unfortunately, not all facilities adhere to their duty of care, and you might learn that your loved one was abused or neglected and suffered physical or emotional injury as a result. Maltreatment of nursing home residents is never okay. If your loved one was harmed, you might have legal recourse to pursue a claim against the nursing home and seek financial recovery for damages they sustained. Although no amount of money can ever erase what happened to your loved one, it can help cover expenses and losses, relieving some of the associated stresses and losses.
At HMW Law, we find it abhorrent when nursing home administrators and/or staff are negligent in their duties. That is why we work hard to hold the facility financially responsible for harm caused to its residents. Our Cleveland nursing home liability lawyers have over 75 years of combined legal experience and know how to navigate personal injury cases. We can deliver compassionate guidance to ensure that you understand your options and remain informed about the progress of your case every step of the way. We are trial-tested attorneys who are prepared to present your case in court to seek a favorable result for you and your loved one.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
A nursing home liability case can arise when a resident is neglected or abused by any person working for the facility. Abuse and neglect are two separate concepts, but both can result in harm to an elderly person. Abuse occurs when an individual takes overt actions against the resident. Neglect is when a person does not provide the care or treatment the resident needs.
Types of abuse and neglect include:
- Physical abuse: This kind of harm includes kicking, punching, slapping, restraining, shaking, and any other aggressive or harmful contact with the resident.
- Mental abuse: A staff or administrator may be accused of mental abuse if they verbally assault or berate the resident.
- Financial abuse: This is when a staff member unlawfully obtains the resident's financial information and uses it for their own gain. The staff member might steal the data or build a trusting relationship with the resident and trick them into providing it.
- Sexual abuse: Unfortunately, staff members might take advantage of some nursing home residents' vulnerable states and engage in sexual conduct with them, knowing that they can't resist or do not have the mental capacity to report the incident.
- Deprivation of food or water: Some nursing home residents may need help with daily tasks like eating and drinking. Sadly, nursing home staff may be aware of the needs but might not provide the necessary services.
- Improper dispensing of medications: Often, when a resident is admitted to a nursing home, the staff is made aware of the medications they need to take and when they must be given. But not all staff members will adhere to the requirements. They might fail to provide the medications or give more than is necessary.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Sadly, many instances of nursing home abuse or neglect go unreported. This may be because the resident is unable to communicate what happened to them (because of physical or mental incapacity) or because they are afraid of the repercussions they might face for doing so. Thus, it's important for loved ones to be aware of signs of maltreatment at these facilities.
Signs of inadequate care include, but are not limited to:
- Dehydration or malnutrition
- Unexplained weight loss
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Poor personal hygiene
- Changes in behavior
- Unexplained bruises, scratches, or other injuries
If you suspect that your loved one has been mistreated at their nursing home, report the matter as soon as possible to the proper authorities.
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At HMW Law, our nursing home liability attorneys in Cleveland can provide personalized and caring counsel throughout your case. We can work hard for you and seek justice for your loved one.
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