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Medical Malpractice In Cases of Nursing Home Elopement

Nursing home elopement refers to the situation where a resident leaves the facility unsupervised or without proper authorization, often posing serious risks to their safety and well-being. It is closely related to wandering, which refers to aimless movement or roaming by a nursing home resident within the facility or its grounds, often due to cognitive impairment or dementia. Since nursing home residents should be under constant supervision, instances of elopement or wandering can indicate inadequate supervision or negligence on the part of the facility staff.

If nursing home residents elope and get injured due to negligence or lack of proper supervision, their loved ones may pursue legal action for medical malpractice against the nursing home facility. At Leeseberg Tuttle, we have more than 75 years of combined experience helping Ohio families in Columbus seek justice and compensation in cases of medical malpractice through diligent investigation, expert testimony and aggressive advocacy in court.

Steps You Can Take If Your Loved One Is Injured Due To Nursing Home Elopement

If your parent or loved one is injured due to nursing home elopement, you can take the following steps:

  • Make sure that your loved one receives any necessary medical care.
  • Document everything you can about the elopement and what you are told by the facility.
  • Report the incident to the authorities to make certain there is a record of the incident.

Working with a personal injury lawyer can help you recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and other damages resulting from your loved one’s injuries due to nursing home elopement. In cases of egregious injury, pursuing legal action may also lead to punitive damages being awarded.

Contact Us Today

Remember, the Ohio time limit for filing personal injury cases is two years. Don’t hesitate to take action to protect your loved one’s rights. Call 855-445-6266 or email us to book a consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. We’re here to provide you with the guidance and support you need during this challenging time.

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