Nursing Home Abuse: Failure to Treat
Did a Nursing Home Ignore Your Loved One's Medical Needs?
Most nursing home residents are there as they require a certain level of care and attention that either family members or another facility would not be able to provide. While the majority of residents in nursing homes are elderly, there are also individuals who reside in nursing homes following a serious injury or incident which has left them with an inability to adequately care for themselves. In cases such as this, one of the responsibilities of the nursing home is to treat the individual with the accepted level of medical care.
When that nursing home does not live up to its expectations and fails to properly treat those who were entrusted to its care, that failure to treat must be addressed immediately. If gone unchecked, it could result in further nursing home abuse, more serious injuries and potentially put individuals in life-threatening situations. The Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC has successfully represented clients in a number of abuse, wrongful death, medical malpractice and injury lawsuits over the last thirty years.
When you contact a West Virginia personal injury attorney at the firm, you know they will provide you with the detailed, thorough and aggressive representation they are committed to providing all their clients. They have years of trial experience and are not intimidated by large insurance companies or big medical conglomerates. Their belief lies in the law and doing what is right to protect their clients' interests and see that justice is served.
Is a nursing home liable due to a failure to treat?
When an individual in a nursing home, or admitted to a nursing home, is required to take certain steps in order to improve or maintain their health and well-being, it is up to the nursing home staff to treat that individual according to the doctor's orders. Not having sufficient staff or nurses on duty who can properly care for individuals in need of medical attention, does not relieve a nursing home from their responsibilities.
Fundamental care for injured or ill residents could include providing a clean and sterile environment, regularly changing bandages, ensuring medications are taken in a timely manner, thoroughly cleaning a wound, bringing the individual to therapy sessions, taking them on walks and more. Doctor errors, nursing errors, medication errors, and poor hygiene are all circumstances which can result in the failure to treat an individual in need of specific medical or physical care. Each type of abuse is capable of causing serious complications or death.
If you or a loved one believes a nursing home failed to treat an individual in their care, you need to consult with an attorney at the firm. They will be able to fully analyze the situation, evaluate the information available, review any previous reports of the nursing home's failure to correctly treat residents, collect additional witness statements, and help you determine the best course of action to pursue. A nursing home's failure to treat an individual in their care is a serious matter and not one that should ignored.
Contact a West Virginia nursing home abuse attorney at the firm right away if you suspect your loved one has become the victim of nursing home abuse.