Severe brain damage is a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that is characterized by being unconscious for more than 30 minutes and having amnesia for more than a day, according to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report.
Aging seniors living in nursing homes are more at risk of suffering injuries to the head, and subsequently to the brain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that falls are the main cause of injuries and death among seniors in the United States. These may be falls on stairs, falls off beds, or other types of falls. These falls also can cause traumatic brain injuries, leading to severe brain damage.
Other head injuries leading to subsequent severe brain damage can also occur as a result of negligence from mismanaged facilities, poor mobility conditions, or an angry, abusive staff worker.
These types of incidents are quite horrifying to family members. These people have placed their trust in nursing home management and employees. They pay good money for their aging seniors to receive top-quality nursing home care. But if family members start to see signs of disorganized confusion or mental or physical abuse of their loved one, it may be time to take legal action.
If you suspect that the nursing home is being negligent in its care, or even worse, your loved one is being beaten around the head, and cannot explain the bruises or welts, then nursing home abuse may be a factor. That’s the last thing you want happening to your loved one, who may become traumatized or disabled, or suffer severe brain damage as a result.
Nursing Home Conditions
It is crucial to assess nursing home conditions before placing a senior into a nursing home.
The nursing home should look clean, safe, and calm. Management should use background checks and train their nursing home staff. The staff should be attentive to the residents’ needs, such as helping with dining, keeping their bodies and environments clean, and treating them with kindness.
These are just a few of the things one should consider before placing a loved one into a long-term nursing care facility.
You want your loved one to be treated with gentleness and kindness in a nursing home environment. However, instances can occur in nursing homes in which the seniors are treated with disrespect and scorn by employed caregivers.
Types of Head Injuries
If your loved one does not remember how they were injured or is having trouble remembering anything for a period longer than a day, that could be an indicator of severe brain damage.
Brain damage may have already occurred from a concussive blow. The fall might have been caused by unsafe surroundings, or even a blow by an abusive nursing home staff member. Head blows can be serious physical ailments that can lead to severe brain damage.
If your senior loved one was abused in a nursing home, and the abuse caused severe brain damage, you could be entitled to compensation to cover medical expenses related to their injury. Read below to learn more about pursuing legal options against nursing home ownership, management, and staff.
Working With a Nursing Home Lawyer
Brain damage can be a traumatic experience for loved ones who only want the best for their aging senior in a nursing home. It is disheartening to uncover facts about your loved one in a situation of elder abuse. If an incident involving brain and head trauma have occurred that caused severe brain damage, then you have the option of hiring a nursing home lawyer.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can work with you on starting the process to uncover any available evidence that you have regarding harm to your senior resident. This could include physical evidence like marks, scratches, bruises, or other marks around the head. It could also include witness testimony and the staff member’s history at the home. These clues could play a part in a negligence case.
Stick with law firms who listen upfront without charging any fees. You will learn that if a lawsuit of negligence is successfully tried, then the law firm’s fee will come from a percentage of the settlement amount.