A Nursing Home Negligence Attorney You Can Trust
We put a great deal of trust in the nursing homes that look after our loved ones, but if standards slip, abuse can happen. If you’ve been abused while in care, or if a parent or relative has experienced abuse, our nursing home negligence and nursing home abuse attorneys could help you claim compensation.
In these situations it’s important to know that there are people out there to help, and procedures you can follow to seek justice from those responsible. Our nursing home abuse lawyers have significant experience acting on behalf of vulnerable patients, and could help you to claim the compensation – and get the answers – you deserve.
Common Signs of Nursing Home Negligence
The nursing home negligence lawyers at Cowan & Hilgeman handle the following cases:
- Bedsores and Pressure Ulcers
- Medication Errors
- Conditions Resulting in Death
If you suspect that a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, please contact the nursing home negligence lawyers at Cowan & Hilgeman to schedule your free case evaluation today – (937) 222-2030
We approach all nursing home abuse claims with sensitivity and care, putting you and your family first at this difficult time. Our specialist nursing home lawyers have a proven track record in securing settlements for nursing home negligence and abuse claims.
We will thoroughly review medical records, consult with experts and create a strategy to win your case. Cowan & Hilgeman provide free case evaluations. If we do not win your case and recover compensation, you do not pay an attorney fee.
A claim might be brought against the organization that runs the nursing home and employs those who committed the abuse. These organizations have a duty to uphold certain standards, and to make sure their staff are following procedures correctly – if it can be established that they failed to do this, you may have a claim.
If you’d like to discuss making a claim, or have any questions about the process, please call (937) 222-2030 to arrange a free initial consultation
Types of Nursing Home Negligence we can Help With
Also known as pressure sores or ulcers, they should not be accepted as a common occurrence in nursing homes. They are always a sign that your loved one is being moved/turned too infrequently, and therefore neglected. Bed sores can go from bad to life-threatening very quickly, so they must be addressed immediately.
Elderly people do not feel thirsty in the same way that younger people do, especially when afflicted by Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Dehydration can turn lethal in only a few days, which is why nursing staff must constantly monitor patients’ fluid intake and output. If your loved one complains of being thirsty or frequent headaches, has a dry mouth or skin, or feels dizzy often, this can be a sign that they aren’t getting enough fluids.
Slip or Fall
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls in nursing homes are a national problem, affecting 50-75% of all nursing home residents annually and resulting in about 1,800 deaths each year. Unfortunately, elderly people are always at an increased risk of falling, but if you find that your loved one has fallen frequently or particularly severely, it is important that you find out how and why to prevent re-occurrence.
The elderly in skilled nursing facilities are among the most vulnerable members of our society. The frailty associated with old age can rapidly accelerate a decline in health and mental state, if the person in question is not properly cared for. Loneliness, poor hygeine, not being changed or taken to the bathroom frequently enough, not being fed or given fluids frequently enough are just some of the signs of nursing home neglect.
Elderly who live in residential settings are at particular risk for abuse and neglect. They are particularly vulnerable because most suffer from several chronic diseases that lead to limitations in physical and cognitive functioning and are dependent on others for everything. In addition, many are either unable to report abuse or neglect or fearful that such reporting may lead to retaliation or otherwise negatively affect their lives.
When medication errors are made, severe reactions may occur and medical conditions made significantly worse. It’s possible a neglected resident could end up in the hospital or suffer fatal injuries from the mistake.
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 16 to 27 percent of all nursing home residents are victims of medication errors.
Conditions that result in death
Whenever a nursing home causes harm, an elder abuse lawyer should be consulted by the victim. The nursing home may be held accountable both for its own negligent failures to have policies to protect patients, as well as for the negligence of staff members on duty.
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Jack R. Hilgeman
Attorney, Jack R. Hilgeman, represents those injured due to the negligence of others. Mr. Hilgeman has recovered millions in compensation on behalf of his clients and been recognized by national publications as a leader in Ohio personal injury law. He consistently receives awards for outstanding client satisfaction.
Mr. Hilgeman’s practice is limited to helping those harmed due to personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and neglect, product liability and wrongful death. Mr. Hilgeman takes all cases on a contingency fee, meaning that the client must pay an attorney fee only if a judgment or settlement is obtained. Clients only pay a fee if compensation is recovered in their case.
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