There is nothing more despicable than harming the elderly, whether due to carelessness, callousness or incompetence. When loved ones are injured as a result of abuse or neglect, it leads to many questions.
We hope the following Q&A will be helpful as your family considers whether to pursue a claim. When you are ready, call 216-592-8364 for a free, no-risk consultation with an attorney from JKFM in Cleveland, Ohio.
Why aren't there regulations in place to prevent this?
There are, but the demand for nursing homes, assisted living facilities and in-home care providers is at an all time high due to an aging population. As a result, people with no business getting into this field are being entrusted with the care of our loved ones. If negligent hiring led to your loved one's predicament, an attorney can help you get justice.
What are the signs of nursing home abuse or neglect?
Things like bruises, broken bones and bed sores are obvious. Other potentially less noticeable symptoms include unkempt appearance and weight loss. More than anything, it is important to trust your gut. If something just doesn't feel right when you visit your loved one, it is important to investigate.
Should I sign an arbitration agreement?
No, and you have the right not to regardless of what you have been told. A nursing home cannot deny admittance on the grounds that you failed to sign the arbitration agreement. Such agreements are in their interest, not yours. Signing one can result in the loss of your right to a jury trial in the event you need to seek justice for abuse or neglect.
Who is responsible?
Depending on the circumstances, claims can be brought against nurses, pharmacists, administrators and institutions. An experienced lawyer will thoroughly investigate the situation and pursue compensation from all available sources.