Woman Files Complaint against Skilled Nursing Facility for NegligenceMarch 27th, 2017
According to the Louisiana Record, a woman residing at a skilled nursing facility filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana after allegedly receiving substandard care. The woman claimed that in June 2016, she was living at the facility when a nursing assistant rolled her over in such a careless way that she fell out of her bed and onto the f
The woman claimed the incident exacerbated her existing conditions and resulted in additional injuries. She is requesting a trial by jury and is seeking damages plus interest against the nursing assistant.
Unfortunately, nursing home negligence is alarmingly common in the United States. According to the National Council on Aging, about 1 in 10 Americans aged 60 and older has been the victim of some kind of elder abuse.
If your loved one received substandard care at a long-term care facility, contact The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm. David A. Bowling has more than 30 years of trial experience. He will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim. Call (504) 586-5200 to schedule a consultation with a medical malpractice lawyer in New Orleans.
Common Forms of Medical Malpractice in Nursing Homes
Medical malpractice takes several forms, but some types of negligence are more common and dangerous than others. Prescription drug errors are one of the most common forms of medical negligence in long-term care facilities. Depending on the size of the facility, nursing home staff may have to administer medication to hundreds of patients multiple times per day.
Prescription errors are particularly dangerous among senior citizens because they are a vulnerable population, and many of them require specific drugs to survive and maintain their quality of life. Taking the wrong medication or the incorrect dosage can have devastating consequences.
Ignoring residents’ health concerns is also a form of medical negligence that commonly occurs at nursing homes. Other kinds of malpractice include overusing physical restraints and failing to attend to residents in a timely manner.
Common Signs of Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes
Even if you find a highly reputable nursing home for your loved one, all it takes is one poorly trained or negligent caregiver to cause an injury. It is important that you visit your loved one often and unannounced, and look for the following signs of abuse and neglect:
Marks of physical restraint on the wrists or ankles;
Recurring illnesses or infections;
A caregiver will not let you visit your loved one unsupervised;
Poor hygiene; or
Changes in behavior.
There is no excuse for abusing or neglecting a nursing home resident. If your loved one was mistreated in a long-term care facility, attorney David A. Bowling will help you pursue justice and compensation from the at-fault caregiver or facility.