Neglect

Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys in Cleveland

Helping to Protect Our Elderly Citizens

Our parents protected and nurtured us while we were growing up. But as they grow older, sometimes our parents need our help because an injury or illness won't allow them to take care of themselves independently. Often, a nursing home is the only practical solution for protecting an elderly family member who can no longer live on their own.

Unfortunately, our most vulnerable and fragile citizens can become the victims of negligence or abuse by the very people who are paid to care for them. When this occurs, the Cleveland nursing home neglect attorneys at Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP are prepared to help your family discover what happened and hold the nursing home accountable. We encourage you to contact a lawyer from our firm.

Nursing Home Injuries Caused by Neglect

We can represent your loved one in a case involving elder abuse.

Some of the common injuries that we have seen occur in nursing homes are:

In too many of these cases, the family is left without answers as to why their parent or loved one was injured. In some cases, they find out about a condition such as bedsores / pressure ulcers only after the condition has become severe or life threatening. We encourage you to seek legal recourse as soon as possible regarding your case.

Below we’ve outlined two examples of nursing home abusecases that our firm has handled successfully.

Case 1: The Painful Loss of a Mother

Recently, nursing home neglect attorney Stuart Scott from our team at Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP successfully concluded a case on behalf of a family who lost their mother after she had fallen in the nursing home twice in less than a month. After the second fall, it was discovered she had broken her left hip. After surviving the hip repair surgery, she died 3 weeks later — a well-known complication of hip fractures in the elderly.

Only through the lawsuit did the family learn that their mother had been injured because a state-tested nursing assistant (STNA) had failed to follow the nursing home's written procedure for transferring their mother from her wheelchair to her bed. These events also resulted in the nursing home adopting the use of gait belts, a simple device used by an STNA or nurse to maintain control over the patient during a transfer to prevent falls. In this case, the STNA was using their mother's pants as a handhold instead of a gait belt and lost control, resulting in a preventable fall that required the resident to be taken to the emergency department with a head wound.

Case 2: Nursing Home Fractured Hip Leads to Death

Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP nursing home negligence lawyer Nicholas DiCello represented the family of an elderly nursing home resident who suffered a fractured hip while being transferred by aids to and from a sister facility on a recreational outing. Unfortunately, the elderly woman soon died as a result of her injury.

The circumstances surrounding the resident's injuries and death are particularly troubling to the family. A nursing home aide was pushing the family’s mother in her wheelchair when the aide became distracted by an unaccompanied resident who was beginning to fall. Left unattended, the wheelchair overturned, dumping the family's mother to the ground and causing multiple injuries — the most serious of which was a fractured hip. Unfortunately, the hip fracture went undetected for several excruciatingly painful days. Once diagnosed, the resident was sent for surgery. Given her advanced age, however, complications ensued, and the family's mother soon passed away. Understandably, the family was outraged over the circumstances leading to their mother's injuries and death.

Have You or a Loved One Fallen Victim to Nursing Home Negligence?

For questions or a free nursing home-related consultation, contact our team at Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP.

If you have a parent or a family member who has been injured in a nursing home and you would like to discuss their rights with an attorney, you are welcome to call our office at (216) 600-0114 or contact our Cleveland nursing home neglect lawyers using our online case evaluation form. We offer a free consultation to all potential clients.

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