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Elderly Residents are Vulnerable to Poor Care and Neglect

Nursing Homes owe a High Duty of Care

Legal Help for Nursing Home Residents

Nursing homes agree to care for a vulnerable population that is unable to care for themselves. The residents and their families trust that their nursing home will follow recognized standards of care. Unfortunately, Nursing Home residents regularly suffer serious medical problems from medication errors, failure to follow or institute proper fall risk protocols, neglect leading to pressure ulcers or bedsores and catheter injuries.

Nursing homes assess and bill for the level of care provided to residents. Before a resident is admitted to the nursing home an assessment of that resident’s needs is made. 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 of these 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 Bowie medical malpractice lawyers at Patterson Law offer free consultations to assess whether nursing home injuries may be due to malpractice.

Nursing Home Neglect

Legal Help for Neglected Nursing Home Residents

Neglect of nursing home 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 caregiver. A medical and legal review of the nursing home care and records should also be considered. Proper nursing home care requires accountability. If nursing home facilities are not held to account for serious lapses in care for their vulnerable residents then poor care is likely to continue.

Nursing Home personnel must utilize proper fall prevention techniques to avoid injuring fall risk residents that may have other health problems such as osteoporosis.

Medication Administration Errors

Legal Help for Nursing Home Resident 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 for administration. Some of these 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.

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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