You should view any injury that happens to your loved one with a skeptical eye, especially if you placed them in somebody else’s care, such as in a nursing home. Some injuries in nursing homes result from honest accidents, but even accidents result from negligence, an issue no nursing home resident ever deserves to experience. Even worse, injuries can stem from outright abuse.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for a no-cost discussion with a Berwyn nursing home injury lawyer about your loved one’s injury. You can review your options for pursuing compensation if you believe negligence caused or contributed to that injury.
Injuries Sustained in Nursing Homes
Nursing homes, by their nature, have an abnormal share of injuries and medical conditions, but every injury should receive the attention it warrants to rule out any possible abuse or negligence. You should never take your loved one’s safety for granted, regardless of how confident a particular nursing home or caregiver appears.
Some of the injuries that happen frequently in nursing homes, and which may result from wrongdoing by one or more people, include:
- Broken bones, especially those that come from a fall.
- Spiral fractures, a specific form of broken bone typically caused by someone twisting a bone to the point of fracture.
- Skull fractures, which may result from a caregiver hitting your loved one, forcing them to the ground, or other forms of physical mistreatment.
- Burns to the skin, which may signal abuse.
- Cuts, scrapes, and other signs of physical contact with your loved one’s skin.
- Bleeding from the genital region or rectum and bruising around the breasts, which may indicate sexual abuse.
- Pressure sores, or bedsores, which may indicate caregivers are neglecting your loved one.
Elder abuse statistics from the Department of Justice confirm that injuries remain a significant, persistent problem in the United States. Such injuries require further examination as they can indicate forms of negligence in your loved one’s nursing home.
Management May Share Liability for a Nursing Home Injury
If you believe that your loved one’s injury occurred under suspicious circumstances, then the first point of investigation questions those who make the big-picture decisions about the nursing home—management.
As is the case in most professions, bosses are ultimately responsible on some level for the wrongdoing that goes on under their watch. If your loved one was injured, management in the nursing home may have contributed by:
- Giving subordinates too much freedom, which can erode accountability and lead to frequently dangerous conditions within the nursing home.
- Not conducting criminal, professional, and drug checks on every employee.
- Knowingly hiring employees who could prove dangerous to your loved one.
- Unknowingly hiring employees who could prove dangerous to your loved one.
- Failing to maintain a safe premise at all times.
- Overworking employees, which may result from understaffing, according to Health Service Insights.
- Failing to implement, enforce, and revise systems of care as better practices in the healthcare space emerge.
- Not reporting any prior allegations of abuse or mistreatment that your loved one or other residents issued.
If you suspect that your loved one’s nursing home was unsafe for any reason, the responsibility for such dangers may lie at the management level. If this proves to be the case, then one or more leaders at the nursing home where your loved one’s injury occurred may be named as defendants in your loved one’s civil case. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free consultation with a Berwyn nursing home injury lawyer about your loved one’s case.
Caregivers Often Remain Directly Responsible for Abuse
Working in a nursing home requires patience and empathy. When the administration hires unqualified or temperamentally unfit employees to work in a nursing home, the result may include abuse, neglect, or exploitation. While management bears responsibility for getting rid of potential trouble employees, individuals who carry out abuse or neglect should also shoulder responsibility for their actions.
Employees who do the following may bear the liability for your loved one’s losses:
- Injure your loved one through physical abuse, such as hitting them, burning them, throwing them to the ground, tripping them, or inflicting physical harm in any other manner.
- Neglect your loved one by failing to administer regular bathing, which can lead to bedsores, infections, and potentially life-threatening conditions such as sepsis.
- Emotionally abuse your loved one through taunting, gaslighting, humiliation, threatening, and inflicting fear and anxiety through other means.
- Expose your loved one to danger through unsafe care practices, such as rushing them while they eat or failing to properly assist them when they are moving about.
Caregivers have a high standard to live up to, regardless of how much money they receive or the conditions under which they work. When they do not live up to this standard, innocent people such as your loved one may fall victim to abuse.
For a free legal consultation with a Nursing Home Injury Lawyer serving Berwyn, call (800) 794-0444
Understanding the Value of a Lawyer
Lawyers may take the stress of a legal case off your shoulders. Though pursuing justice for your loved one may prove essential to restore justice and help move your loved one into a safe environment, attempting to bring a case without a lawyer’s assistance can consume your time and cause immense stress.
A Berwyn nursing home injury lawyer may handle your case from start to finish, giving your loved peace of mind and potential compensation for injuries sustained.
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We may serve you and your loved one during this trying time, aiming to ensure that they receive financial awards for their losses while protecting them from any further harm at the hands of those who were supposed to protect and care for them. Call us for a free consultation. Our clients pay nothing out of pocket and nothing upfront, and we only collect a fee if your loved one wins financial awards.