When Preventable Injuries Happen In Nursing Homes
Nursing homes are supposed to be safe places for vulnerable elders. All too often, however, residents end up suffering preventable injuries from:
- Untreated medical problems
- Medication errors
- Nursing mistakes
- Dehydration and malnutrition
- Physical abuse
One of the biggest threats to nursing home patients is delayed diagnosis. Fragile patients can quickly develop serious complications from bedsores, pneumonia, respiratory problems, infections and other medical conditions. Prompt diagnosis and treatment is critical for preventing further harm.
Why Negligence Occurs
When you find out that your loved one has suffered harm in a nursing home, you may justifiably feel betrayed. How could a professional care facility allow this to happen?
Unfortunately, injuries in nursing homes occur for a variety of reasons:
- Many nursing homes are understaffed.
- There may not be physicians on staff or at hand to deal with medical issues.
- The nursing home staff might fail to transfer a patient to a hospital when warranted.
- Overworked staff members might not adequately supervise or monitor patients.
- Nurses and attendants might not have the right training or credentials.
- The facility itself might not have protocols in place for protecting residents.
Holding Facilities And Staff Members Accountable
At the Massachusetts law firm of Barry D. Lang, M.D. & Associates, we can determine whether negligence contributed to your loved one’s injury. Our legal team understands the tragic consequences of nursing home neglect and abuse. We’ll take the time to understand what happened, and we’ll help you pursue maximum compensation for your loved one.
Our experienced trial attorneys work closely with doctors and nurses on staff to get you the answers — and results — you deserve.