Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Neglect

One of the responsibilities nursing homes willingly take on is the medical needs of their residents. A nursing home has an obligation to care for their residents and provide them with adequate medical attention.

Unfortunately, this responsibility is often shirked, usually as a consequence of cost-cutting. When it is, nursing home residents can suffer significant injuries, including death. The injury attorneys at The Cochran Firm can help if your loved one was hurt as a result of medical malpractice at a nursing home.

Nursing home abuse is serious, but so is the neglect that is the cause of medical malpractice. When your loved one has been hurt as a result of a nursing home’s negligence, you have a right to pursue justice and compensation.

If you need an injury attorney to help after your elderly loved one’s injuries, please call The Cochran Firm today at 1-800-843-3476 for a free consultation.

Examples of Medical Malpractice

It’s a basic reality of life that our medical needs increase as we age. One of the reasons many families opt for a nursing home for their aging loved ones is the belief that those facilities are equipped to handle unique medical needs.

And they should be. Nursing homes advertise themselves as places of caring and relaxation, as places where you can trust your loved ones will be attended to. Meeting residents’ medical needs is one of a nursing home’s basic obligations.

Nursing home liability is complicated, but the law is clear: medical malpractice in a nursing home is not acceptable. Examples of medical negligence we’ve seen in nursing homes include:

  • Prescription drug errors, including failure to check for deadly drug interactions and failure to provide needed medication at the appropriate times
  • Poorly trained and equipped staff
  • Abuse of medical restraints
  • Failure to make arrangements for doctors or registered nurses to attend to patients
  • Ignoring residents’ stated medical concerns

Considering the fragile state of many nursing home residents, the consequences of this negligence can be severe. Medical malpractice in a nursing home often leads, tragically, to death.

Our injury attorneys are prepared to help you pursue a wrongful death case if you lost a loved one to nursing home neglect. However, we also recognize that cases where a loved one is left hurt and traumatized also carry with them significant financial and emotional burdens, and we don’t think you should have to carry those by yourself.

If you would like to speak to an injury attorney about your claim, contact The Cochran Firm today. Call 1-800-THE FIRM for a free consultation.