West Virginia Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Types of Nursing Home Injuries
As a person ages there comes a time when their family may no longer able
to provide them with the care and personal attention to maintain a decent
quality of life. In cases such as this, people often turn to nursing homes
to provide their loved ones with the dedicated care and attention they
require. Unfortunately, because of their frail nature, illness or innate
ability to fend for themselves, nursing home residents are highly susceptible
to becoming victims of
nursing home abuse and receiving all types of injuries as a result.
Nursing home abuse is more prevalent than most people would like to admit.
This type of abuse is commonly blamed on negligence, insufficient staff
to resident ratio, or improperly trained staff. It is believed that approximately
one in five cases of nursing home abuse, or elder abuse, go unreported
due to victims not being aware of their rights, being embarrassed, or
being afraid to report their abuser. If you suspect a loved one has sustained
injuries as a result of nursing home abuse, you need to consult with a
West Virginia personal injury lawyer at the Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC
Bed Sores and Bruises
Bed sores and bruises are often as a result of an individual being neglected
or abandoned by a nursing home attendant. Proper care, attention, regular
walks and even basic movement, can all prevent bed sores and bruises from
forming. No access to a bathroom, clean sheets, medical care, or general
inactivity could cause circulation to be cut off and bed sores and bruises to form.
When a resident, with limited mobility, is left unattended or abandoned,
they may attempt to try and get around on their own. Improper or no railings,
wet floors, and other factors could cause the person to fall and break
a bone. Malnutrition and dehydration can also contribute to loss of bone
density making it easier for a person to have a bone broken, even from
a seemingly simply activity.
Nursing home residents are there for a reason. Most of them require a
certain level of care and attention in order to eat, get around and maintain
a relatively decent quality of life. Head injuries are often seen when
residents have been abandoned or their requests for help go unanswered,
and they attempt to accomplish tasks all on their own.
A common responsibility of a nursing home attendant is giving residents
their prescribed medication. Medication errors and potentially life-threatening
circumstances can arise when staff is inexperienced, negligent or do not
have proper procedures in place to ensure residents are given the correct
medication at the correct time.
Hygiene is a fundamental concern of most individuals. In nursing homes,
the staff is responsible for ensuring the residents maintain a certain
level of cleanliness and hygiene. Poor hygiene leaves individuals susceptible
to infections, injuries and illness which could have been avoided had
proper hygiene basics been observed.
Many residents of nursing homes are also under the care of doctors due
to specific medical or physical conditions. When a doctor is negligent
or fails to follow through with their nursing home patient, they can commit
serious errors resulting in potentially life-threatening injuries or illnesses.
A mistaken prescription, wrong dosage and more can all have catastrophic effects.
Nursing errors can also prove to be catastrophic and even life-threatening.
A missed dosage, an improperly set up and monitored IV, an unchanged wound
dressing, and other nurse errors could mean the difference between life
and death of a resident. Many times nursing errors are blamed on improper
training or insufficient staff.
Abandonment, neglect and inattention to a resident's needs can all
be forms of abuse. One of the worse types of nursing home abuse is blatant
physical abuse. Intentionally causing pain and suffering to an already
vulnerable individual, who has been entrusted to your care, is inexcusable
and should not go unpunished.
There is very little more tragic than the wrongful death of a family member
or loved one. When a loved one dies as a result of some form of nursing
home abuse, at the hands of an individual entrusted to care for them,
it is an extremely painful and emotional experience.
Contact a nursing home abuse lawyer today!
For the past 30 years, the firm has been providing clients with the personalized
service and aggressive representation they need in order to help protect
the rights of their loved ones and see justice served. Founding member,
Bob Fitzsimmons, was named as one of the top 75 Plaintiff Lawyers in the
United States. He also received recognition as one of
The Best Lawyers in America.
The firm has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, U.S. News recognized
them as one of the first tier 2011-2012 Best Law Firms, and the
National Law Journal listed them as having one of the Top 100 Verdicts
in the United States. The firm has also been viewed as being at the forefront of advancing
and developing the West Virginia laws which are geared towards protecting
and compensating the injured and their families.
If you suspect a loved one has sustained injuries as a result of nursing
contact a West Virginia nursing home abuse attorney from the firm immediately. They will thoroughly review your case, analyze
the facts and reports, and help you determine the best course of action