Neglect, substandard care cited in lawsuit against nursing home
Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Feb 14, 2013 in Nursing Home Neglect
Many families struggle with the decision or whether or not to place an elderly family member in a nursing home. As our loved ones get older, it can be difficult to provide them with the type and level of care they require and deserve. In these situations, it may be appropriate to have them stay in a facility which can monitor them, provide medical treatment and care for them when we cannot.
However, the unfortunate reality is that not all nursing home facilities provide this standard level of care. In fact, too many of them allow substandard care, inadequate staffing and neglect. They believe that they can get away with this negligence because their patients are vulnerable and often suffer from deteriorating mental functions. However, family members have the right to hold a facility or employee accountable when their loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse. If one of your loved ones has been neglected or suffered abuse in a nursing home contact a Waterbury personal injury attorney at our law firm for a free, no obligation consultation.
Nursing Home Neglect: Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
The daughter of one woman recently filed a lawsuit against a nursing home claiming that her mother's death was a result of the substandard and inadequate care she had received in the facility. The patient was rushed to the hospital showing multiple signs of neglect and excessive medication. She was suffering from septic shock, bed sores, a urinary tract infection and dehydration. There was also an elevated level of a blood thinning medication found.
The lawsuit that was filed by the woman's daughter claims that the nursing home failed to properly treat and care for the patient. The doctor in charge of her care also refused to meet with the daughter a month earlier when she wanted to discuss her mother's physical and mental condition. Further, the lawsuit asserts that the facility was negligent in meeting their duty to prevent mistreatment. The lawsuit is requesting $300,000 in damages.
It may not always be easy to spot signs of neglect or abuse in nursing homes. However, it can be crucial that these deplorable actions are punished if and when they are identified. A lawsuit cannot undo the pain and suffering that has occurred, but it can be a very effective way of preventing the devastating situation from happening to someone else.
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