A recent front-page story raised some troubling questions about the care of elderly residents of nursing homes or assisted living facilities with dementia. As a law firm that focuses on bringing civil lawsuits against such facilities on claims of nursing home neglect, we took great interest in the story.
In this second installment on brain injuries in the context of nursing homes, we explore various theories of liability.
Perhaps no equipment is as iconic in the medical community as a stethoscope. Traditionally, doctors may have used a stethoscope to listen for cardiac or lung conditions. Yet according to a recent article, the skill and training required to correctly use this medical instrument may be sorely lacking.
Most people in Alabama would likely say that their parent or other family member played a significant role in their life. As such, they want to return that love and care when a loved one becomes unable to care for him or herself. Unfortunately, many people must ultimately make the difficult decision to place their family member in a nursing home or other care facility when the family member's need exceed a person's care capabilities. Adding additional stress to these families members is the prevalence of nursing home abuse.
Is corporate America helping or hurting the issue of nursing home abuse? According to a recent article, the outlook may not be positive.
It may be hard to believe, but nursing home abuse or neglect may affect 10 percent of the elderly population. That rate may be even higher for elderly residents who are mentally disabled or require around-the-clock care. For example, half of elderly Americans with dementia might be victims of abuse. Yet less than 0.04 percent of elder abuse cases are typically reported to agencies.
Helping a loved one transition to a nursing home or residential care facility can be a difficult process. Thanks to an online rating system published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the process can at least be informed.
Readers may associate nursing home neglect or abuse as involving only the actions of medical professionals or other facility staff. However, a recent story illuminates another area of potential abuse at these facilities, brought on by other residents.
According to a recent report, a medical misdiagnosis may affect most Americans at some point in their lives. In fact, an estimated 12 million patients might suffer from this type of medical harm each year. The findings were authored by an independent team of medical experts and released in conjunction with the National Academy of Sciences.
If a patient is injured by a doctor’s negligence, he or she may have a legal right to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, patients may not always realize that their condition resulted from a medical mistake or error.