Elderly abuse in care facilities is a tragic and, unfortunately, common occurrence. If one of your loved ones has suffered abuse while a resident at a nursing facility, legal recourse may be available. One of the Sandusky nursing home abuse lawyers at Tittle & Perlmuter could investigate instances of alleged care facility misconduct and help you build a case on your elderly family member’s behalf.
Additionally, our personal injury attorneys could determine whether the nursing home and/or staff members may be held legally liable for your loved one’s injuries and pursue all available compensation.
These facilities owe a legal duty to residents to provide the standard of skill and care that is required of healthcare providers in their field. Accordingly, when a nursing home and/or its employees neglect this standard of care, and a resident suffers harm as a result, they may be liable in a court of law.
For example, a nursing home could be liable for inadequate supervision of its employees, poor training protocols, insufficient staffing, careless hiring practices, neglecting to supply residents with basic needs such as food and water, and dangerous or unlawful restraint of a resident.
Additionally, care facility staff members and nurses can be guilty of abuse as well if they physically harm a resident or if they neglect their duties as caretakers. A Sandusky attorney could help a claimant take legal action against all negligent parties in a nursing home abuse case.
It is important to recognize the forms of potential abuse as well as their various indicators. There are several common types of misconduct that may lead to a valid claim for damages. Some types of abusive behavior may include:
Unexplained fractures or broken bones, genital or urinary infections, emotional withdrawal, bruises, burns, malnourishment, and dehydration may all be indications of abuse. Bedsores, anxiety, mysterious injuries, and poor personal hygiene also may indicate signs of abuse. A caring attorney in Sandusky could help a family file a nursing home abuse case depending on the type of behavior that the defendant exhibited.
Under state law, nursing home residents have many extensive rights. Some of these include the right to live in hygienic and secure surroundings, to have their concerns addressed in a timely fashion, to choose their medical provider, to refuse to pay a doctor if the physician did not render medical services, and to maintain a personal routine.
Nursing home residents also have the right to state complaints without fear of retaliation, to keep healthcare records private, and to spend time with their loved ones. If a care facility violates any of these rights, they could face legal consequences.
If your elderly loved one experienced neglect or abusive behavior at their care facility, you should contact a Sandusky nursing home abuse lawyer immediately. An attorney at Tittle & Perlmuter could investigate your case to determine who may be liable.
Our legal professionals understand how upsetting and unsettling these situations can be. We are here to help you through it. Call today to learn how we could help your family take legal action.