Nursing Home Abuse
If you or a loved one has suffered due to abuse or negligence at a nursing home facility, contact The Thompson Law Firm in Columbus, Ohio. Victims of nursing home negligence do have rights and should seek the help of a nursing home abuse lawyer. Attorney H. Lee Thompson has experience handling these cases and can help you obtain compensation in an effort both to protect your rights and to improve the quality of care that will be provided at the facility in the future.
NURSING HOME MALPRACTICE CASE
Attorney H. Lee Thompson obtained a confidential six-figure settlement on behalf of an Alzheimer's patient and his two daughters in 2003. The case involved assault by a nurse aide who had prior domestic abuse convictions, which were not found or verified by her employer at the nursing home.
• Power or manual wheelchairs
• Walkers and crutches
TYPES OF NURSING HOME ABUSE
Nursing home abuse may include psychological abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, or such acts of negligence as involuntary seclusion. Typically, nursing home negligence and abuse is a result of overworked and underpaid caregivers who either are unable to provide each patient with the proper care of take out their frustrations on the patients.
If you live in the Columbus area and suspect your loved one is a victim of nursing home negligence, contact our attorney. Our nursing home abuse lawyer can help you hold the responsible party liable for any negligence or malpractice that may have occurred.
HOW DO I FIND A SAFE NURSING HOME FOR MY LOVED ONE?
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse occurs even in facilities that appear to be of high quality. If your loved one is currently in a nursing home and you are concerned about the care they are receiving, or you are in the process of choosing a nursing home for a relative or friend, please review the following information.
A nursing home is only as good the certified nursing assistants (CNAs) who care for the patients. Although nurses act as supervisors, CNAs take care of many patients’ needs. When visiting potential homes, pay close attention to how these nursing assistants interact with patients and staff.
Ask questions! Speak to current residents about their opinions of the quality of care and life in the nursing home and to others who have family members in the home. Talk to the staff about any specific questions you have regarding the policies and daily operations of the facility.
Trust your nose and eyes! Unsanitary conditions could be lurking under the surface; the smell of urine, feces, or mildew is a sign of neglect and poor hygiene. Check areas where patients gather and dining areas for appropriate amounts of beverages and healthful foods; malnutrition and dehydration are serious problems in nursing homes and can lead to illness or death.
Find out how often doctors visit patients and how many staff members there are in relation to patients, especially during night and weekend hours. If you have any questions about a particular nursing home facility, check with the clerk of courts in the county in which you live for any evidence that it has been a defendant in a nursing home abuse or negligence lawsuit.
If you suspect that your loved one has been harmed due to negligence in a nursing home, whether it is in Columbus, Ohio or another area, you need a nursing home abuse or negligence lawyer. Attorney H. Lee Thompson is on your side. As an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer, Thompson has the resources needed to conduct a thorough investigation of your potential claim.