A Nursing Home Negligence Attorney You Can Trust
When family members and friends go to nursing homes, we trust that the medical professionals at the nursing home will provide the necessary medical treatment, support and security to keep them safe. When nursing homes break this trust, negligence claims and lawsuits result. Nursing home negligence often results in catastrophic injury or even death. While cases can be complex, the experience Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys, Cowan & Hilgeman, are committed to results. Trust our lawyers to do what the nursing home could not – protect the rights of your loved one.
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The nursing home negligence lawyers at Cowan & Hilgeman believe those that have suffered due to nursing home negligence deserve to be significantly compensated for their injuries. 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.
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
Cowan & Hilgeman has the experience and resources that are necessary to fully investigate your potential nursing home negligence case and prosecute your claims. We are proud to offer free case evaluations and will gather the necessary records to perform a complete review of your case. Please contact the nursing home negligence lawyers at Cowan & Hilgeman to schedule your free case evaluation today.
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.
Blog Posts About Nursing Home Negligence & Abuse
At Cowan & Hilgeman, we try to write articles that are timeless: Questions and answers that will make as much sense in 5 or 10 years' time as they do today. The present novel Coronavirus outbreak, however, has created a pressing situation that needs to be addressed immediately: How to keep your elderly relatives safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cowan & Hilgeman has developed an excellent reputation in Montgomery County and the Miami Valley for fighting abuse, neglect, negligence and...
From the moment you or someone you love is injured in a nursing home, the clock starts running on how long you have to file a claim. In Ohio, the Statute of Limitations for a nursing home negligence or injury claim is generally 2 years. If you fail to file suit within that time frame, the defendant (the person you’re trying to sue) will almost certainly file a “motion to dismiss”, and the Court will reject your case on statutory grounds. Even if you or your loved one was horribly injured due...
The decision to place your loved one in a nursing home is often an enormously emotional one. You are trusting perfect strangers with the care and well-being of an important family member, hoping that trained nursing staff can provide them with the best quality of life possible. Thoroughly researching care facilities can reduce the chance that your loved one is mistreated, but even the most well-recommended nursing homes can hide a dark underbelly. The frailty associated with old age can...
What We Can Do For You
Our personal injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for satisfied clients and often take cases other firms routinely reject. We are committed to results and take an individual approach to each case. One size does not fit all!
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.
We pride ourselves on client satisfaction & strive to fully explain:
- All Compensation Available Under Ohio Law
- Medical Bills – Who Pays and How to Get Them Paid
- Lost Wage Repayment
- Out-of-Pocket Cost Reimbursement
- Collection of Medical Records and Bills
- Value of Pain and Suffering
- Expert Reports
- Property Damage Repairs and Diminished Value Claims