Nursing Home Abuse FAQs
Hey folks, Allen Tittle here – Cleveland’s nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer. One of the biggest issues that we see in nursing home cases are pressure sores. Pressures sores – also called bed sores, pressure ulcers – are caused by, you guessed it, pressure. The best way to make sure these pressure sores don’t form is to reposition or turn the patient or the resident every two hours. Folks, Medicare has something called Never Events. That means these are things that, in the eyes of the government, should never occur. Stage 3 and stage 4 pressure sores are deemed Never Events by our government. That means absent negligence, these things shouldn’t occur. And when they do occur, not only is it a nasty would, but those wounds can get infected and cause death. If you or a loved one has suffered a pressure sore after being in a nursing home, or while in a nursing home, please give us a call or visit our website today. Thank you, take care.
I want to talk about signs that your loved one is suffering through nursing home abuse or neglect. The first thing I would look out for are pressure sores. Pressure sores are caused by, you guessed it, pressure. In nursing homes, these are a known problem. To reduce pressure sores, patients need to be turned or repositioned every two hours. If understaffing is an issue at these nursing homes, that isn’t occurring and pressure sores are developing.
Other things I would look out for are frequent falls. If your loved one is suffering from frequent falls, even if they don’t suffer a fracture, you should be at attention and looking for signs of nursing abuse and neglect. Significant weight loss is another issue you should look out for in nursing homes. Folks, nursing homes should have nutritionists on staff to look out for weight loss and malnutrition. If your loved one is withering away, quite literally, this is a sign of nursing home neglect and abuse.
Hey folks, Allen Tittle here, Cleveland Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer. A common type of case that we see here in our office has to do with wandering or elopement. What does that mean? It means the individuals, the residents, of the nursing homes who have dementia, alzheimer’s, wander away, or elope away, from the nursing home and it leads to catastrophic results. You’ve probably seen these stories in the news: the resident wanders out the door, is missing, is found two days later in the swamp next to the nursing home, dead. Folks, we’ve handled these cases, they’re sad. Just because someone is elderly and has dementia, doesn’t mean they should die that way. If you’ve had a loved one who fell victim of elopement or wandering from their nursing home, and unfortunately has passed away as a result, please give us a call or visit our website. Thank you, take care.
Allen Tittle, Cleveland Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Lawyer. I wanted to shoot a quick video because I read a story over the weekend that really upset me. It’s a story out of Arizona relating to a woman who was in a permanent, vegetative state, who was a resident of a nursing home, and recently gave birth. Let me give a little background- If someone is in a permanent, vegetative state, that means, essentially, they’re a vegetable. And the only way that they could become pregnant is if they were raped. The initial news stories indicate that they suspect it was an employee of the nursing home who committed the rape. This shouldn’t happen. Unfortunately, things like this, sexual abuse and rape in nursing homes, happen more than you realize. The number one cause for something like this is actually understaffing within a nursing home. If there isn’t enough staff to keep an eye on the residents and the fellow employees, it allows monsters like those who worked in this Arizona nursing home to commit heinous crimes like rape. Here at Tittle & Perlmuter, we do everything in our power to make sure things like this do not happen in the future. Every nursing home case we take on, we look at the understaffing aspect of the case to make sure that others in the future aren’t harmed. If you or a loved one suspect that there’s not enough staff at this nursing home, I would check out all of the materials that we have on our website, tittlelawfirm.com to assist. Or, if you just want to talk further, please give us a call, (216)-677-2557. I’m Allen Tittle, a nursing home neglect and abuse lawyer, and I’m here to help. Thanks, take care!
Allen Tittle here, Cleveland Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Lawyer. I know that this may seem crazy, but my goal as a lawyer is to make sure that I don’t have any cases. What do I mean by that? The purpose of every case is to make sure that nursing home neglect and abuse no longer takes place. And because of that, I had an idea. That idea is to create a three part series, in videos, in describing and explaining, “What is the Best Way to Pick a Nursing Home for Your Loved One?” So, the first thing I want to discuss is, what resources are available to the public to make that decision? Well, the most important, I think the one that gives the most detail, is the resources available on Medicare.gov. Medicare rates each nursing home with a five-star rating, and that five-star rating encompasses a lot of different things, but the important ones? Number one- the staffing level of these nursing homes. So when you’re looking at this Medicare five-star rating, it gives an overall score, but then it gives a subscore of the staffing. Folks, that’s the most important thing you can look at. If I am choosing a nursing home for my loved one, I’m going to pick the ones that have the best staff rating. The second resource is the U.S. News & World Report on nursing home rankings. Now, it’s a little less in-depth than Medicare, but I would still check that out. The third resource you can take a look at is our own website. We have two great resources that are free that you can take a look at in helping your decision. Number one, we have a free e-book that describes how to pick a nursing home for your loved one. Number two, we have created an interactive map of every nursing home in Ohio and rated those nursing homes by the staffing levels found on Medicare.gov’s website. Folks, there’s nothing more important than making sure your brother, husband, sister, mother, has the best possible care. They don’t deserve anything else. If you have any other questions, please visit our website, check out our free resources like the e-book and the interactive staffing map, or give me a call (216)-230-7131. I’m Allen Tittle, Cleveland Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer, and I’m here to help you. Take care!
Folks, Allen Tittle here, Cleveland Nursing home neglect and abuse lawyer on the road today in Columbus, Ohio, Rainy Columbus, Ohio. I stopped off the exit here and I don’t know where I am, Sunbury Starbucks, to get a little juice on the way home. When I say juice, I mean coffee. Just got done taking the deposition of two corporate individuals in a pressure sore wrongful death nursing home case, folks when you’re choosing a lawyer to handle a nursing home case, you gotta make sure you hire one that’s willing to look at these under staffing clamps and the only way to get to the heart of it, is to go to the belly of the beast, corporate headquarters, which I did today and take depositions of the corporate individuals who set the budgets for the staffing numbers at these individual facilities. These are sad cases and I’m thankful that the family chose to hire me to pursue it and I just hope that I can pursue this case as aggressively as I can and get them justice. So folks, if you or a loved one has a case involving nursing home neglect or abuse, please when interviewing lawyers to take on the case, please ask them “Are you willing to go to the belly of the beast and figure out why my loved one didn’t have the proper staffing he or she needed to get the care that they deserved.? Allen Tittle here, nursing home neglect and abuse lawyer, signing off. For truth. For justice. For you.