Medical malpractice: nursing home neglect

There are many different kinds of medical malpractice. To name a few, birth injuries, misdiagnosis, dental malpractice, and improper or delay in treatment. One form of medical malpractice is nursing home neglect. We put our loved ones in nursing homes so they can receive 24-hour care. We put our loved ones in nursing homes so there can be nurses constantly on staff, and so we do not have to worry about our loved ones the way we would worry if they are at home unattended. So experiencing nursing home neglect is a huge slap in the face, and a major form of medical malpractice.

Nursing homes can be tricky to sue against, being that it is very likely that the patients are dying of old age regardless. So if you feel that your loved one died wrongly in a nursing home, it is important to get an experienced lawyer who knows exactly how to fight on behalf of your loved one.

Medical malpractice within nursing homes exists in many forms. Lack of food and hydration, medical needs not being met, neglect of hygiene, lack of assistance in motility, and even inadequate social time, are all forms of medical practice. There are many signs to look for if you believe your loved one is being neglected in their nursing home. Including, but not limited to, bruises, bed sores, broken bones, dehydration, malnutrition, infections, withdrawal from social interactions, emotional outbursts, dirty clothes, or if the nurse will not let you be alone with your loved one.

You put your loved one in a nursing home so you would not have to worry about them, yet here you are concerned for their well being, and justice must be served. According to statistics from Nursing Home Abuses Guide, “almost one out of every ten elderly individuals will experience some form of elder abuse.” With these whopping statistics, it is important to know that there is something that can be done. While monetary compensation will not bring your loved one back from the dead, or ease their pain of neglect, it can prevent these medical malpractices from occurring again, and hurt someone else and their family.

No one expects to be treated poorly in a nursing home. The people who work in nursing homes work hard to present their establishment as a safe place full of love and nurturing. However, these things can merely be a facade as there is neglect behind the scenes. Justice, monetary compensation, and precedent are all things you can get from these cases, so do not be afraid to hire a lawyer and fight for what you deserve. Lawsuits can be long, complex processes filled with legal jargon and times of defeat, so you need someone experienced and supportive, like a lawyer, on your side. You should be focusing on either comforting your elderly loved one, or grieving a loss, rather than dealing with the legal side of this unfortunate circumstance, so let your lawyer take care of the legal side while you and your loved ones heal.

Wrong Diagnosis Resulting in Stroke

Other than what the diagnosis is, patients’ inquiry to doctors usually center only on the frequency of medication intake or what nutritional diet to have (which many have no intention of following, anyway) to avoid a more serious illness. Bottom line actually is: once under the care of a doctor, patients believe they already are in good hands!

Many are not aware, probably, but medical mistakes can be committed even by the best doctors and nurses in the US. In fact, due to medical malpractice, not less than a quarter of a million people die annually, making it the third leading cause of death in America.

One example of medical malpractice is wrong diagnosis, which is failure to detect the warning signs of a more severe health condition, such as one leading to a stroke. A stroke can definitely be prevented, but only if its symptoms are diagnosed early and the patient given proper medication and advise, on how to effectively avoid it through proper diet, exercise and good rest. Failure to diagnose and treat it, however, may result to paralysis or even death.

Records from the American Stroke Association show that, every year, about half a million Americans suffer from a stroke; about 200,000 attacks have disabling effects, while about one third is fatal. The difficulty in determining the symptoms of stroke is due to its resemblance with other health issues, like diabetic hypoglycemia or severe migraine attack. However, with the presence of other warning signs, such as severe headache with unknown cause, dizziness, difficulty walking, loss of coordination or balance, difficulty understanding or speaking, difficulty seeing either from one or both eyes and weakness or numbness on one side of the body, it would not hurt if the patient will be required to undergo more tests if these will help determine his/her real condition.

Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, a firm based in Massachusetts, believes that the similarity of symptoms between illnesses cannot be an excuse for doctors to misdiagnose a certain illness, as this may lead to life-threatening situations for the patient. Given all the modern technologies around them which they can use to perform their work more effectively, doctors, according to Crowe & Mulvey, ought to be able to determine patients’ real illness, especially if the warning signs are manifestations of a stroke.

A stroke, also known as Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA), results from the cessation of blood flow to any area of the brain. This may be caused by a blood clot in the blood vessels or by a clot from Cholesterol plaque. A major or large stroke is usually preceded and evidenced by a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), which medical professionals also term as warning or mini stroke. TIA symptoms typically last only for 20 minutes, since the flow of blood resumes afterwards. Tia symptoms, however, should not be taken lightly, and patients showing such symptoms should be given emergency care.