Nursing Home Injuries
Nursing home residents are among the most vulnerable members of our population. When a family entrusts a nursing home or other health care facility with the life of a loved one, they should not have to worry about abuse, neglect, medical malpractice, or mistreatment. Yet serious nursing home injuries can and do occur. And the unfortunate fact is: Many of these injuries could and should have been prevented.
At Baker & Gilchrist, our Indiana nursing home injury lawyers stand up for the rights of residents who have been hurt due to negligence or abuse. Our firm partners, Rex Baker and Caroline Gilchrist, have built a strong legal team with years of experience, including staff nurses and medical experts who can evaluate the severity and long-term effects of injuries. We are committed to demanding the maximum compensation your loved one deserves.
Contact us now to schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation. Our compassionate attorneys will review the details of your case and go over all your legal options. We will not charge anything to get started on your case. In fact, our firm works to take the financial burden off you by only charging fees if we secure payment for your claim. Please be aware that because of legal and practical constraints we can only accept cases involving serious permanent injury or death.
Identifying Signs of Abuse or Neglect
Not every injury that occurs at a nursing home is the result of abuse, neglect, or medical malpractice. However, there are some common physical injuries that may be a sign of something sinister, including:
- Broken bones or fractures
- Head injuries
- Fall-related injuries
- Untreated pressure sores or “bed sores”
- Medication overdose
- Sexually transmitted diseases or other signs of sexual assault
- Injuries caused by untrained staff
- Transport-related injuries
- Wheelchair accidents
- Choking or asphyxiation
You have a right to demand explanations for any injury your loved one suffers at a nursing home. Any unexplained injuries should be cause for concern. In particular, be mindful of multiple injuries or a pattern of injuries.
Take action immediately if your loved one has been injured in a nursing home. Your decision to act may not only help your family member, but it may end up saving others from future harm.
When the Worst Happens
In the most tragic cases, nursing home injuries can lead to the death of a patient. If your family has lost a loved one and you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect was to blame, you need to speak with our knowledgeable wrongful death attorneys immediately.
Our team can talk about your options for filing a wrongful death claim against the nursing home, and we will review what types of compensation you may be entitled to. Keep in mind that there are strict time limits on how long you have to file a claim, so it is important that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
If you have noticed signs or symptoms of Indianapolis nursing home neglect or abuse, report your suspicions at once. Filing a complaint with the nursing home facility is the first course of action. Should the nursing home fail to address and resolve your concerns, a complaint should be filed with the Indiana State Department of Health, Long Term Care Division. Complaints can be filed on line at https://www.in.gov/isdh/21533.htm or calls can be made to the state’s toll-free complaint number at 1-800-246-8909.
You may also obtain nursing home consumer reports at https://www.in.gov/isdh/23432.htm. These reports will allow you to compare each nursing home based on a variety of quality control factors measured by the federal government.
Call Today If A Loved One Has Suffered a Nursing Home Injury
The thought of someone hurting your vulnerable parent or family member in a nursing home can be infuriating. But you do have the means to demand justice and compensation for what your family member has been put through.
The compassionate nursing home injury attorneys at Baker & Gilchrist have been aggressive advocates for elderly clients and their families across Indiana. We understand that no amount of money can undo what has been done to your family. However, your loved one deserves the best treatment and care, and we intend to fight for the maximum compensation you need.
If you are trying to decide how to move forward after a nursing home injury, contact our knowledgeable attorneys today. Our skilled legal team will review your case for free, with no obligation, and our attorneys will discuss all your options for seeking compensation for your loved one. Call now or fill out our online form to learn more.