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Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic is a big, four syllable word that has very unique implications in the legal world.

While there is no specific legal definition of catastrophic injury, you hope never to have it apply to you or someone you love. It typically includes someone whose injuries require multiple surgeries, a lifetime of medical treatment and the inability to return to work. If someone else caused you to end up like this, a sophisticated lawsuit might be in your future.

In these lawsuits, there are large damages (the amount of money) which necessitate lots of legal work. Insurance companies rarely roll over and fully compensate folks who have sustained catastrophic harms and losses. The creativity of the arguments and how your evidence is presented will make a huge difference in the level of compensation you obtain.

A key factor in determining if an injury is “catastrophic” is how debilitating the injury is and to what extent it is expected to continue. If you are unable to perform activities of daily living on a long-term basis, you need to accurately and meticulously show this in order to make sure you don’t get short-changed.

If your injury causes a permanent disability that prevents you from earning a living, it is your obligation to obtain sufficient compensation to take care of your family’s financial future. While the law says the defendant is required to pay damages that “make the plaintiff whole,” getting that evidence and presenting it to an insurance company or jury is hard work.

In order to receive enough money to pay for all of the medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and loss of quality of life, multiple medical, vocational, economic and other experts must be utilized.

Be educated and picky when choosing an attorney to represent you. Your attorney needs to have a thorough understanding of the legal, medical and insurance process to obtain for you the “right” result. When your injury is “catastrophic,” turn to a law firm with a proven track record of representing its clients with experience, insight, dedication, compassion and relentless drive.

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect in Ohio: When Trust is Broken

The decision and process of moving a loved one into a nursing home or assisted living facility can be emotional and difficult. When families ultimately find a place where they believe their loved one will be comfortable, safe and cared for, they put all of their faith and trust into the employees.

Sometimes, however, that trust is betrayed. When this happens, seniors suffer the pain, injuries, and indignity that comes from abuse, negligence and indifference. Their families are left with worry, anger, guilt and worse.

Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities Often Have Serious Deficiencies
These facilities should provide our loved ones with comfort, safety and superior medical care. Unfortunately, a recent study conducted by the Kaiser Foundation found that 88% of Ohio’s assisted living facilities were deficient in some way. Many nursing homes are poorly staffed, caregivers often lack adequate training while others fail to ensure they are properly screen candidates to ensure they possess the medical knowledge and personal temperament required to care for our most tender generation.

Seniors and their families often spend a great deal of time researching a nursing home or facility and its personnel before making a decision to entrust them with the senior’s care. Nevertheless, that diligence may not reveal many of the problems that can wind up causing grievous harm to the facility’s residents.

There are a number of acts and omissions that put nursing home residents at risk and cause them serious injury. These can form the basis of claims for damages against the home or facility. These include:

  • Medication mistakes
  • Wrongful death
  • Bedsores
  • Physical abuse
  • Financial misconduct and theft
  • Malnutrition
  • Sexual abuse
  • Falls and drops
  • Dehydration
  • Inadequate care for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

Claims Against Negligent Nursing Homes and Their Employees
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your situation, it may be possible to bring a lawsuit against several individuals and entities, including the facility, its employees or its owner. In addition to meeting with a personal injury attorney with experience handling nursing home and elder abuse cases, any abuse or neglect should also be reported to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Division of Quality Assurance, Complaint Unit. 

Goodman Law Firm: Cleveland Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer
The Goodman Law Firm in Cleveland represents individuals and families who have suffered the pain, trauma and indignity of nursing home abuse and neglect. The Goodman Law Firm zealously pursues accountability and compensation for the victims of nursing home or assisted living misconduct and negligence, and works with families to ensure that their loved ones are treated with the respect, dignity and care that they deserve.

Attorney Grant Goodman and his staff focus only on personal injury, wrongful death and malpractice claims. With this focus comes skill that has led to millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Along with results, the Goodman Difference is passion and a personal touch. Let us show you what the Goodman Difference is about. Call 216-028-9990 for a free consultation.

This article has been prepared by the Goodman Law Firm for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.