Nursing Home Malpractice
When an individual sends away a senior family member, they feel confident in thinking that their loved one will be properly taken care of. Visions of warm beds, attentive nurses and community come to mind. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. With a facility that houses so many seniors, it can be easy for a patient to slip through the cracks. Sometimes a doctor or other medical professional may prescribe the wrong medication or dose of medication. The results could be devastating leading to injury or death.
Have you or someone you love a victim of nursing home malpractice? If so, contact an elder abuse lawyer to discuss your potential case today.
Medical malpractice is a form of nursing home abuse that’s actually pretty common. The National Center on Elder Abuse reports that a staggering 91% of nursing homes lack adequate staff to properly care for patients. Malpractice in a nursing home can take the following forms:
According to The federal Nursing Home Reform Act (NHRA) of 1987, all nursing home residents, whether they receive Medicaid or not, have a right to be free from verbal, mental, physical, and sexual abuse. If a nursing home does not abide by this and results in abuse or neglect, you have the right to sue. It is important to remember that because laws vary from state to state, there may be a statute of limitations on your case. It is important to act quickly. You may want make note of the medication that was improperly prescribed along with the ingredients within. You may also want to note any specific issues about poor living conditions. It may also be important to collect copies any forms in which you clearly stated that you had an allergy.
Suing a nursing home can be a very difficult and complicated to task. Our lawyers may be able to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact an elder abuse attorney in your area today.
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