When nursing home residents are injured due to neglect, abuse, or other forms of negligence, their family members may feel helpless and overwhelmed. Understanding how to proceed in these situations, how to determine why injuries occurred, and how to hold a nursing home responsible for allowing a person to suffer harm can be difficult. Fortunately, family members can get help in these situations and take steps to protect their loved ones’ interests.
At Nursing Home Injury Center, we understand the pain and suffering that nursing home injuries cause, and we are committed to helping families who have been affected by nursing home negligence get the justice they deserve. We can provide knowledgeable advice and guidance on how best to proceed in these situations, and we work to ensure that injured nursing home patients can receive the care they need and that facilities will provide safe and healthy environments for all residents.
Addressing Nursing Home Neglect
In many cases, nursing home negligence involves neglect by a facility’s staff members. If patients do not receive the proper care and assistance, they can suffer serious harm. We can assist with nursing home neglect cases involving issues such as:
- Malnutrition and dehydration – Nursing home residents may experience serious, life-threatening health issues if staff members do not ensure that they receive the proper foods and liquids.
- Medication errors – Improper medication management can lead to serious harm for nursing home residents who are administered the wrong drugs or given medications at the wrong doses.
- Lack of medical care – Nursing home patients may experience preventable injuries if they do not receive needed medical care for conditions that affect them. Improper care for patients with diabetes, renal failure, or other medical issues may result in these conditions becoming worse and threatening a person’s life.
- Understaffing – If nursing home facilities do not have enough personnel to properly address the needs of patients, injuries may occur due to neglect.
- Lack of supervision – When nursing home residents are not adequately supervised, they may suffer injuries or experience health issues that may not be addressed correctly. Issues such as choking or wandering and elopement may also occur.
- Inadequate training – If a nursing home’s staff has not been properly trained, residents are at an increased risk of harm due to negligent care.
- Improper wound care – Failure to provide the proper treatment for cuts, bruises, burns, or other wounds can lead to nursing home patients developing serious medical complications.
- Improper hygiene – In some cases, nursing home residents may not receive the assistance they need to stay clean and healthy, and they may suffer serious harm as a result.
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease – People who suffer from mental health concerns that may lead to confusion or cognitive issues may be at risk of injury if nursing home staff members do not provide them with the proper care and supervision.
- Mobility issues – Injuries related to mobility devices such as wheelchairs and walkers can occur if nursing home staff members are not provided with the proper training for their use or do not supervise patients when necessary.
- Failure to respond to patient complaints – Nursing home residents may suffer harm if staff members do not respond to or address health and safety issues in a timely manner.
Responding to Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home residents may be affected by multiple forms of abuse, which can cause both physical injuries and emotional trauma. We can help families determine how to address abuse such as:
- Physical abuse – Nursing home staff members may use physical force to control patients, or they may hit, kick, slap, or shove residents and inflict serious injuries.
- Sexual abuse – Nursing home residents may be victims of sexual assault, inappropriate touching, or other forms of abuse from nursing home staff members or other residents.
- Physical restraint – In some cases, nursing home staff members may restrain patients through the use of straps, belts, or other devices, which can lead to serious physical and emotional harm.
- Chemical restraint – The improper use of psychotropic drugs or other medications by staff members to control nursing home residents can lead to serious injuries or even death.
Assisting With Injuries in Nursing Home Falls
Falls are some of the most common causes of injuries for nursing home residents. We can help identify negligence that led to fall injuries, which may result in issues such as:
Identifying the Causes of Nursing Home Injuries
We can help families address multiple other types of nursing home injuries, including:
Helping Families Protect the Rights of Residents Affected by Nursing Home Negligence
In addition to ensuring that families can respond correctly to situations where their loved ones have suffered harm because of nursing home abuse or neglect, we can also provide guidance in cases where nursing home negligence has led to a person’s wrongful death. We encourage you to contact us at 309-524-6900 and set up a free consultation to discuss your case, your options, and the steps you can take to hold a negligent nursing home responsible for the harm done to your family.