Cincinnati Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
About one-fourth of nursing home residents experience at least one instance of physical abuse. If you believe your loved one is suffering from elder abuse, contact the Cincinnati elder abuse attorneys at Elk & Elk Co., Ltd right away. We can help you take immediate action to protect your family member and pursue justice on his or her behalf. Your family may be eligible for compensation for your experience.
Why Choose Elk & Elk Co., Ltd of Cincinnati?
- Our lawyers have over 50 years of experience handling complex personal injury claims in Cincinnati. We have an office in Cincinnati and multiple offices throughout Ohio for our clients’ convenience.
- Our firm has the resources and capabilities to build comprehensive legal strategies custom-tailored for you.
- Our firm does not charge legal fees unless we win the case. We deduct our fees from the amount we win rather than billing clients directly.
Do You Need a Cincinnati Elder Abuse Attorney?
Nursing home abuse affects as many as five million elders each year. Elder abuse is a serious offense that can be difficult to handle alone. You may not know who to trust or where to turn for help. An elder abuse attorney is on your side. A lawyer can remove your loved one from harm’s way, file an official complaint against the nursing home, expose any abuse or neglect occurring at the facility, and help you fight for fair compensation through a civil lawsuit. Hiring an attorney takes the burden off your shoulders, so you can focus on spending time with your elderly loved one. Your personal injury lawyer will also make sure an insurance company does not take advantage of your family.
Types of Elder Abuse
The four main types of nursing home elder abuse are physical, mental, sexual, and financial. Physical abuse can include kicking, slapping, scratching, improper use of restraints, burns, or physical neglect such as malnutrition or failure to change adult diapers. Signs of physical abuse can include strange bruising, strap marks, burns, bites, weight loss, frequent injuries, and unexplained trips to the hospital.
Mental or emotional elder abuse can cause psychological distress from verbal harassment or abuse, victim blaming, shouting, belittling, humiliating, or forcing the victim into isolation. Signs of mental abuse may include changes in behavior, anxiety or depression, or lack of engagement in social activities.
Elder sexual abuse goes widely unreported. Many victims are too afraid to speak up, while others are unable to because of dementia or other disabilities. Sexual abuse can come from caregivers, nursing home staff members, or other residents. Signs of sexual abuse may include depression, feelings of guilt or fear, genital injuries, bruises on the upper thighs, sexually transmitted diseases, and bloody undergarments.
Financial exploitation is a common form of elder abuse that takes advantage of a senior citizen for financial gain. It can include scams, direct theft, check fraud, and changes to wills. Perpetrators may use intimidation or take advantage of positions of trust with the victim to commit financial abuse.
Bedsores in Nursing Homes
Bedsores are preventable ulcers that arise from constant pressure against one part of the body, such as the tailbone for a patient on bed rest. Bedsores can be painful and affect the underlying tissues, muscles, and bone in serious cases. They can lead to life-threatening infections and even wrongful death. Proper care of nursing home residents can prevent bedsores.
Why Do You Need a Bedsore Lawyer in Cincinnati?
Bedsores do not occur in nursing homes with proper nursing care and medical attention for residents. Quality nursing homes have schedules to track which nursing home residents to turn and when. This helps prevent residents from staying in one position too long and developing bedsores. Negligent nursing homes are not diligent enough to prevent bedsores and may engage in elder neglect or abuse. These are dangerous situations for elderly residents. Developing bedsores could compromise an individual’s future health and wellness.
Bedsores happen when prolonged pressure on the skin cuts off blood supply to the area, causing necrosis, or tissue death. The affected area can present swelling, changes in skin color, an open sore, or pus-like draining. The most common areas for pressure sores are bones that protrude and press against surfaces, such as the tailbone, buttocks, shoulder blades, back of the skull, backs of the knees, and heels. Nursing home residents confined to wheelchairs or beds are most likely to develop bedsores.
Bedsores can occur when something exerts prolonged pressure on the resident’s skin or causes friction over the skin. Poor nutrition and dehydration can contribute to the likelihood of bedsores. Serious cases can have health complications for the resident, including cellulitis (an infection of the skin), bone and joint infections, sepsis, and cancer. Residents with bedsores may require treatments such as wound care, debridement, physical therapy, help from a dietician, and surgery to recover.
Elder Neglect and Bedsores
Bedsores are often a sign of nursing home neglect since they do not occur if a resident has proper attention from a nurse or caregiver. Lack of mobility, malnutrition, unsanitary beds, moisture or wetness, and lack of cleanliness can all contribute to the development of bedsores. If your loved one has bedsores, hire a lawyer to investigate the nursing home. There may be evidence of elder neglect or abuse. Your family could have grounds for a personal injury claim against the facility and may be eligible for financial compensation.
Contact Elk & Elk Co., Ltd for Elder Abuse Assistance
No matter what type of elder abuse you believe your loved one is experiencing at a Cincinnati nursing home, contact Elk & Elk Co., Ltd for a free consultation. We can review the facts of your case and help you file the correct type of claim against the facility and/or an individual caregiver. Let us help you through this difficult time. Call (513) 370-5807 today to schedule your case evaluation.