Nursing homes owe a high duty of care to their clients. In fact, because there are many doctors and medical professionals within a nursing home, nursing homes are obligated to treat their patients with the medical standard of care—the same standard of care that another medical professional of similar background and training would exercise. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen, and nursing home medical errors cause serious injuries to residents every year. Consider the following types of nursing home medical errors, and call our nursing home injury attorney at the office of Tetzel Law to learn more about your legal options.
Medical Errors in a Nursing Home
Medical errors can take many different shapes in a nursing home, including:
- Medication errors. A medication error might include giving the patient the wrong medication, making a dosage or administration error, disabling the medication, wrongly giving the medication in combination with another drug the patient is taking, or prescribing a medication that the patient is allergic to. Drug errors are one of the most common types of medical errors in a nursing home.
- Failure to diagnose/misdiagnosis. Another risky type of medical error within a nursing home is that of failing to diagnose a patient’s medical condition or misdiagnose a condition. For older adults, a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis can be fatal.
- Failure to treat/improper treatment. Even if a nursing home resident’s condition is properly diagnosed, that doesn’t mean they’ll get the treatment they need or deserve. Failure to treat or improper treatment can lead to complications and more severe harm.
Nursing Home Regulations and Compliance
Doctors and other medical professionals within a nursing home are required to treat patients with a high standard of care. In addition to that, though, nursing homes must abide by certain regulations. Per federal regulations, nursing homes must have adequate staff, conduct an assessment of each resident’s functional capacity, ensure that residents receive adequate supervision, promote each resident’s quality of life and treat residents with dignity and respect, develop a comprehensive care plan for each resident, and more. Breaching these regulations could increase the risk of a nursing home resident’s harm.
Can I File a Lawsuit for a Medical Error?
If a resident of a nursing home is harmed as a result of abuse, neglect, or a medical error, the nursing home can be held liable for the damages that follow. In order to hold a nursing home liable for harm, the plaintiff in the suit will have to prove that the nursing home breached the duty of care they owed to the resident, and that the breach of the duty of care was the proximate cause of harm. By filing a claim against a nursing home, the resident and their family can receive economic and noneconomic damages.
Call Tetzel Law Today
Learning that a loved one within a nursing home has been the victim of a medical error or another type of neglect or abuse can be heartbreaking. At the office of Tetzel Law, LLC, our experienced nursing home injury attorney can provide you with legal guidance and representation as you navigate the claims process. To learn more about your rights, please call our law firm directly today at (617) 742-1700 or send us a message online.