Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing home injuries occur when a resident is neglected or abused by staff or physicians in a nursing home.
The neglect can be medical negligence by a physician or other healthcare provider, or neglect or mistreatment by a staff member. The injuries can be serious, including death. Examples of negligence in nursing homes include medication errors, preventable falls, bedsores, infections, and improper restraints.
David Dowling recently handled a case of nursing home negligence resulting in the death of a young man due to improper tube feeding.
Abuse or Neglect
Nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse denote two different meanings. Nursing home abuse or “elder abuse” implies a specific intent to harm the person. Many nursing home residents are frail and weak, making them an easy target for people with criminal intents. Once suspicion arises, it may be difficult to prove. Nursing home abuse may include the following actions:
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial abuse
Nursing home neglect describes the facility’s breach of duty, typically delivering a form of care below industry standards that results in harm to the patient. The types of neglect may include:
- Emotional or social neglect
- Personal hygiene neglect
- Basic needs neglect
- Medical neglect
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of nursing home negligence, you should contact a nursing home neglect attorney who will represent you with experience, dedication and tenacity. We encourage you to call David B. Dowling, Esquire (888-660-1646) to schedule a free consultation and analysis of your case.
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