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Nursing home abuse can take a variety of forms. In some cases, it may involve a nursing home or nursing home employee’s failure to adequately respond to all of a patient’s medical needs and concerns. In other cases, it may involve a nursing home employee physically or verbally abusing a nursing home patient.
Nursing home abuse can also arise in the context of negligence, such as by failing to adequately treat a patient for a disease or infection—or by failing to prevent an infection from occurring in the first place. Nursing homes, like hospitals, are very confining. Consequently, diseases and infections run rampant in these spaces where elderly patients often have compromised immune systems anyway. Many of these infections are preventable through proper maintenance and sanitation. When nursing home staff does not take the proper precautions and measures to prevent and treat patient infections, serious consequences can result.
Nursing home abuse in the form of untreated infections comes up in the context of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice basically means that a healthcare provider or facility does something that it should not have done, or fails to do something that it should have done. Nursing homes owe their patients a duty to ensure that the facility is clean and properly maintained at all times. Moreover, nursing home healthcare providers owe a duty to protect patients against disease and infection and to properly treat a disease or infection. When nursing homes and their healthcare providers fail in this regard, the injured patient (or the patient’s representative) may be able to file a claim for medical malpractice against the negligent nursing home and/or the healthcare provider.
People rely on nursing homes to take good care of their loved ones when they are incapacitated and cannot properly care for themselves. The experienced medical malpractice lawyers at The Hughey Law Firm understand the pain and frustration that accompanies instances of nursing home negligence and abuse. Our knowledgeable attorneys can review your case with you and may be able to pursue a claim or lawsuit on your behalf.
Due to the confined spaces and lowered immune system responses from patients, disease and infection are common in the hospital and nursing home settings. The most common infections in nursing homes include:
In addition to poor nursing home hygiene, other common causes of infection in nursing homes include short staffing and improper staff training protocols. If you suspect that your loved one contracted a serious infection while residing at a nursing home, the attorneys at the Hughey Law Firm may be able to file a claim or lawsuit directly against the nursing home or its staff.
Infections which occur in the nursing home context are often much more serious than those contracted outside a nursing home, for the following reasons:
If you or a loved one has suffered from an untreated infection while residing in a nursing home, you may be able to file a claim or lawsuit against the nursing home directly—or against a negligent nursing home employee. In order to prove medical negligence or malpractice, you will need to show that the nursing home and/or its employee acted unreasonably under the circumstances and that consequently, you or your loved one suffered from an infection and other damages. Moreover, you must be able to show that the damages from which you suffered directly resulted from the nursing home’s negligence.
If you or your loved one resided in a nursing home and suffered from an untreated infection, you may have a claim for monetary compensation under the law. The experienced medical malpractice attorneys at the Hughey Law Firm may be able to file a claim or lawsuit against the negligent nursing home or nursing home employee and fight for your right to monetary recovery in your case.
To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Charleston medical malpractice lawyer, please call us at (843) 881-8644, or contact us online today.
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