Nursing homes have a duty to care for people who are too ill to live independently and who require more care than their family members can provide for them at home. No one expects patients in nursing homes to make a miraculous recovery, but the nurses and other staff members at nursing homes have the task of preserving nursing home residents’ health as much as possible. When nursing home residents’ health gets worse, it could just be a consequence of their old age or chronic illness, or it could be because of negligence or errors on the part of the people who were tasked to care for the patients and trained in how to take care of them. A North Dakota personal injury attorney like Tatum O’Brien, Tim O’Keeffe or Sara Monson can help you determine whether negligence played a role in the injury or illness of your relative who is in a nursing home.
What are the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?
Many instances of neglect in nursing homes stem from the fact that the nursing homes are understaffed. Therefore, the nurses simply do not have time to spend sterilizing equipment to prevent infections, feeding patients, and generally looking after patients’ well-being and guarding against accidents and dangerous situations. Here are some common signs of nursing home neglect.
Failure to Seek Medical Attention
Some cases of nursing home neglect involve nursing home staff failing to call a physician or take a patient to a hospital in a timely manner. If the patient’s prognosis would have been better had he or she received treatment sooner, it could be a case of nursing home neglect. In some cases, though, this is grounds for a wrongful death or medical malpractice lawsuit.
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Personal injury cases in Fargo, including those involving nursing home neglect, require the skills of an experienced attorney. Contact O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss in Fargo, North Dakota to discuss your case or call 701-235-8000 or 877-235-8002.