It’s never an easy decision to put a loved one in a nursing home. Yet millions of American live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and the families of all those people must trust the nursing home employees to care for their parents or grandparents.
There are nearly 1,000 nursing homes in Ohio, making it difficult for government agencies to effectively oversee how those homes are caring for their residents. Unfortunately, too often, nursing home residents are the victims of abuse and neglect.
If your loved one has suffered nursing home neglect or abuse, you need an experienced nursing home abuse attorney fighting for the rights of your loved one. The dedicated personal injury professionals of the Fitch Law Firm are currently investigating cases of nursing home neglect and abuse, and we are ready to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Number of elderly abuse cases difficult to detail
It is estimated that more than 2.1 million senior citizens are the victim of abuse or neglect each year in the United States. But experts say it is difficult to estimate the actual number of elderly abuse cases because for every case reported, there may be as many as 5 cases that are not reported.
Common signs of physical abuse of nursing home patients are:
- Bruises or bleeding
- Bed sores
- Physical discomfort
- Emotional withdrawal
- Broken bones
- Poor hygiene
- Frequent crying
- Soiled bedding
Elderly abuse can take many forms
The most common and most obvious type of elder abuse is physical abuse, but senior citizens can also become the victims of other types of abuse. Those include emotional abuse, neglect, and financial victimization.
Emotional abuse of the elderly can include everything from intimidation through yelling and threats to humiliation and terrorizing the patient.
Financial exploitation is the most common form of non-physical abuse of the elderly. Financial abuse can include stealing money or checks, misusing the patient’s checks, forging signatures, or stealing the patient’s identity.
Call 855-LAW-OHIO if a loved one has suffered from nursing home abuse or neglect
Seeing a loved one suffering as a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect is a heartbreaking experience for any family. At the Fitch Law Firm, we understand how emotionally difficult it is for family members to discover that the professionals they trusted to care for their loved ones have abused that trust in some way.
If you believe your loved one has suffered some form of abuse or neglect at the hands of nursing home employees, you need to contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney. The dedicated legal professionals of the Fitch Law Firm are ready to use our years of experience handling nursing home abuse cases to get you the compensation you deserve. Based in Columbus, Ohio, our team of legal professionals has decades of experience helping families like yours.
If evidence shows that a nursing home or its employees acted negligently in the care of your loved one, a court can hold them liable for any of the resulting damages suffered by you or your loved one.
Damages available in a nursing home abuse lawsuit may include:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
Call 855-LAW-OHIO or contact us online today for a free consultation.