Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Making the decision to move a loved one into a nursing home is often a difficult and emotional one. Selecting a nursing home usually involves placing a certain amount of trust in the institution.

You are counting on the staff and management to look out for the welfare of your loved one. When this trust is violated due to nursing home abuse or neglect, it is critical that you seek out an attorney who can advise you of your rights and remedies.

Dealing with nursing home abuse and neglect is a sensitive issue that requires a compassionate attorney. At Rittgers & Rittgers, we will look out for your family's needs as well as the loved one in the nursing home. We believe that not only is it our job to hold the nursing home responsible for the injuries it has caused its residents, but it is also our job to make sure it does not happen again. If you think a loved one has suffered an injury from nursing home abuse or neglect, contact our office immediately to schedule a consultation with one of our Ohio nursing home abuse attorneys.

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The Cincinnati nursing home neglect lawyers in our firm can assist you in any type of nursing home abuse and neglect claim involving issues such as:

  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Medication errors
  • Insufficient medical care
  • Bedsores
  • Peg tube infections, improper use
  • Physical and sexual abuse
  • Asphyxiation
  • Failure to monitor residents, resulting in falls and patients wandering away

Often, nursing homes are understaffed and residents do not receive the attention or care required. When the nursing home fails to follow a care plan it can result in many of the above-mentioned injuries, as well as residents not being properly fed or bathed. Since staff may be inadequate to attend to all the needs of the residents, elder neglect may occur. Sadly, this includes failure to change bedding after an accident and other preventable discomforts.

Additionally, not all employees are trained to handle residents who have become disoriented or have dementia or Alzheimer's disease. They may also not know how to properly lift a patient from a wheelchair to a bed or strap them in sufficiently when they are being transferred off the grounds of a facility.

Many patients are required to be treated and seen regularly by a doctor. The staff doctor may not spend time with the actual patient, instead opting to merely review his or her chart. This can result in improper medication being administered or care being prescribed. Our attorneys also handle these instances of medical malpractice, which may be a component of your nursing home abuse and neglect case.

We know that it is important not only to recover compensation for the injuries your loved ones have sustained due to nursing home abuse and neglect, but also to help them restore their dignity by holding the negligent parties responsible for their actions and making sure corrective action is taken. Although it is difficult to prove a nursing home injury case, we are here to help you give a voice to the victims who cannot speak for themselves. Our lawyers are here to help you seek justice.

Contact us to schedule a consultation and let us fight for you. We represent injured people in Butler, Warren and Hamilton counties and the surrounding parts of southwest Ohio and have offices in Lebanon, Cincinnati and West Chester.