16th Feb 2016
If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you want to know that they are receiving the very best in care. However, mistakes do happen. While we’d all like to think that our loved ones aren’t susceptible to these kinds of errors, the truth is that things like this happen all the time. No one is immune to human error, but you can seek compensation and justice for the damage caused. If a nursing home health staff makes an error in medication, you could have a case for medical malpractice. Read on to find out more about when you should sue a nursing home for medical negligence.
When You Should Sue A Nursing Home for Medical Negligence
An experienced medical malpractice lawyer will be able to tell you whether you have a case. Nursing home malpractice or a personal injury claim and medical negligence on the part of health care provider must be proven in a court of law. Your attorney will work with you to prove that there was negligence and may need medical records and more to do so. If you are considering hiring an attorney in the future, hold on to every bit of information and document as much as you can so that you can have evidence and points of reference available.
Has your loved one been negatively affected as a result of medication mistakes? Having too much or too little medication administered can be a recipe for disaster. Even worse, getting the wrong medication all together can cause massive complications that can result in extended hospital stays, suffering, high medical bills, and even death. It’s all too common for staff to forget about allergies, to give out the wrong medication to the patient or the person administering it, or to have the patient take medication that has a poor reaction with other drugs.
Medication mistakes can even happen before the prescription is filled. It’s all too easy for a doctor to write out a medication for a patient and make an error. Even with electronic prescriptions, it’s possible to type in the wrong amount of medication strength and dosage or even write the wrong medicine by accident. The doctor can also get everything right but a nursing home staff member will misread the amount of medication needed.
Another mistake that can occur is when health care professionals consult patients and ask them questions about their medical status. They may have conditions and say that they don’t have allergies when asked when in reality they do. It’s important for medical professionals to consult the chart of the patient instead of relying on their patients as a short cut. This is a prime case of medical negligence. Failure to administer medicine correctly as with a shot can also be a case for negligence and medical malpractice. If you or a loved one have been harmed as the result of medical negligence, consult an experienced medical malpractice lawyer today. Contact The Law Offices of Payas, Payas, and Payas today.