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Nursing Home Malpractice


Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyer

Nursing Home Residents Injured by Poor Care and Neglect

Nursing Homes' Duty of Care

Legal Help for Nursing Home Injuries

Nursing homes agree to care for a vulnerable population that is unable to care for themselves. A violation of that agreement is nursing home malpractice.  Malpractice leads to nursing home injuries.  The residents and their families trust that the nursing home will follow recognized safety rules. Unfortunately, nursing home malpractice causes serious medical problems from medication errors, failure to follow or institute proper fall risk protocols, neglect leading to pressure ulcers or bed sores and catheter injuries.

Nursing homes assess and bill for a stated level of care. Before a resident is admitted to the nursing home an assessment of that resident’s needs is made. Medicare differentiates the need for skilled nursing care versus custodial care.  This assessment typically will indicate whether a resident is a fall risk and if so what fall risk rules are to be followed by the care givers at the facility. The medication needs of a patient are also assessed and a medication plan is often put into place. Residents may develop problems with swallowing. If a resident develops problems with swallowing the nursing home must review their medications to determine whether a resident’s medications may be crushed for administration. Some no crush medications are time released and the time released properties of the medication are ruined by crushing the pills. Other medications have protective coatings that are needed for the medication to safely pass the stomach. Nursing homes that fail to properly administer the medication to residents with trouble swallowing may cause serious side effects or render the medication ineffective.

The nursing home malpractice lawyer offers free consultations to assess whether a nursing home injury may be due to a violation of safety rules.  Please call 301-383-1522 to schedule a consultation with George Patterson a Top 100 Maryland Super Lawyer and a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney.

Nursing Home Malpractice

Neglect causes Nursing Home Injuries

Neglect of residents is upsetting and potentially fatal. Signs of neglect include dehydration, malnutrition, bed sores, poor hygiene, improper diabetic care and sepsis. If a loved one has developed sepsis, severe dehydration or bed sores immediate action should be taken to make sure their care is transferred to a competent nursing home. A medical and legal review of the nursing home care and records is the next step. Proper nursing home care requires accountability. If nursing home facilities are not held to account for serious lapses in care then those most vulnerable will continue to suffer.

Nursing home malpractice places a financial, time and psychological burden on the victim’s family.  Malpractice leads to feelings of guilt, missed work, parsing your limited time between your children and an injured parent as well as expensive medical care that could have been prevented.  A nursing home malpractice lawyer can help investigate what went wrong.  Finding out what led to nursing home injuries is the best way to recover a parent’s dignity and assign guilt where it belongs.  Recover by calling George Patterson a six time Maryland Top 100 Super Lawyer for help.

Personnel must utilize proper fall prevention techniques to avoid nursing home injuries to fall risk residents that may have other health problems such as osteoporosis.

Medication Administration Errors

Legal Help for Nursing Home Resident Medication Errors

Many nursing home injuries are due to medication errors.  The medication needs of a patient are also assessed and a medication plan is often put into place. Residents may develop problems with swallowing. If a resident develops problems with swallowing the nursing home must review their medications to determine whether a resident’s medications may be crushed. Some no crush medications are time released and the time released properties of the medication are ruined by crushing the pills. Other medications have protective coatings that are needed for the medication to safely pass the stomach. Nursing homes that fail to properly administer medication to residents with trouble swallowing may cause serious side effects or render life-preserving medication ineffective.

Errors in administering medication is nursing home malpractice.  Nursing home’s rarely admit to their violations of medication procedures.  The only effective way to determine if nursing home injuries are due a medication error is to consult with a nursing home malpractice lawyer.  Call 301-383-1522 to schedule a free consultation with a six time Maryland and Washington D.C. Top 100 Super Lawyer for a free consultation.

I would highly recommend George Patterson. I was very pleased with how he conducted himself and handled my case. He prepared me for all stages of the process but especially for the deposition. He was very responsive and always available to speak to me.

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Nursing home malpractice cases often require sufficient proof from medical records because the victims often are unable to participate in litigation due to cognitive problems.

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