Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect is a growing problem in the United States. Whether physical, mental, sexual, or financial abuse, this is not something to be taken lightly. It can be difficult enough to make the decision to enter your elderly loved one into a nursing home, let alone if you later find out that they are not being treated as they should be. In recent years we have seen an increased number of nursing home abuse cases in this country. While we don’t know all the details at this time about why this abuse occurs or how to stop it from happening, we do have a few ideas.
The number one way that this type of abuse and neglect can be stopped is to raise awareness about it and to encourage people to pay attention and look for the different signs of abuse, both subtle and obvious. In addition to nursing home abuse being something we need to bring attention to, we also need to talk about nursing home errors. Just like errors made in hospitals and doctor’s offices, we also see these types of mistakes made in nursing homes. Albeit not as common as other types of errors in the healthcare field, they still do happen. If your loved one is harmed in a nursing home due an error made by a staff member, you may be able to file a lawsuit. The nursing home error attorneys at Rad Law Firm have years of experience representing people in both Texas and California on these types of cases and we are prepared to do the same for you.
Understanding Nursing Home Errors
Medication errors are the type of mistake that are most commonly made in nursing homes. This is a recognized problem in the medical field, but it can be difficult to prove. In most cases, medication errors take form in dosage errors, which can be extremely dangerous for the resident. When it comes to administering medications, making even the slightest error in judgment can be catastrophic. This is why it is imperative that both patients and caregivers discuss medications with the nursing home staff prior to beginning medications. If this step is taken, we are far more likely to avoid medication dosage errors.
Another common type of nursing home error is when mistakes are made in prescribing drugs. If a medical professional prescribes the wrong medication, it could be deadly. Since the elderly are oftentimes on numerous medications, the chances of these meds interacting negatively with one another is much greater.
How to Prove Nursing Home Malpractice
There are several different ways in which nursing home malpractice may occur. However, the main cause of medical malpractice in a nursing home setting is negligence. Medical negligence when in reference to these types of cases typically is defined as a health care provider’s failure to exercise the degree of care and skill that other qualified health care providers would. In order to determine that malpractice was committed, you and your nursing home error attorney from Rad Law Firm will need to prove that the health care provider in question was negligent.
If you think you may have a nursing home malpractice case on your hands, please do not hesitate to contact us today. We offer free consultations and are prepared to sit down with you today to discuss your case.