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 right away.
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 home abuse, 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 to pursue.