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Yes. When nursing home residents are harmed medically due to negligence, they can file medical malpractice claims. Note that these claims are separate from nursing home abuse and neglect claims, although they often have similar root causes.
In many cases, nursing home residents suffer worsening health or poor outcomes after new diagnoses, treatments, and surgeries due to neglectful staff members. That means nursing home residents who were already either being neglected or were at risk of neglect are also more likely to be victims of medical malpractice.
The care and attention that nursing home residents need can vary widely from person to person. Some residents can live fully independent lives and require only check-ins and basic assistance from staff. Others may live partially independently, but need help with certain routine daily tasks. Some residents have serious health problems that require constant supervision and frequent treatments.
Nursing home residents that require certain medical interventions, including health checkups and prescription drugs, are the most vulnerable to abuse and neglect as well as medical malpractice. In addition to relying on staff members to ensure they’re safe and secure, they also must rely on others to protect their health. But as with any medical treatment, mistakes can happen—and sometimes, they’re due to negligence.
When many people think of medical malpractice, they think of surgical errors such as operating on the wrong body part, leaving surgical instruments inside patients’ bodies, or even a slip of the hand. Nursing homes aren’t equipped for surgery, so how does medical malpractice happen in them?
These are just a few examples of medical malpractice in a nursing home. If you suspect your loved one was the victim of abuse or neglect that could also be considered medical malpractice, we want to hear from you. We can collect evidence to determine how the nursing home was negligent and the necessary steps to get your family maximum compensation.
Nursing homes can provide much-needed supervision, care, and treatment for the most vulnerable members of our families. But when their employees fail to take their duties seriously, those vulnerable residents can suffer severe and even fatal harm.
At Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, our Ohio nursing home abuse lawyers hold negligent facilities accountable when innocent residents are harmed. If your loved one suffered due to medical malpractice in their care facility, we want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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