Speak with a Nursing Home Injury Attorney about Failure to Properly Treat Medical Conditions in New Jersey
The failure to properly treat medical conditions always has the potential for tragic results, but an unfortunate outcome is especially likely when the individual involved is elderly and already in poor health. In fact, nursing home staff often represents the last line of defense for an elderly resident who needs crucial medical care.
The experienced attorneys at Sugarman Law are passionate advocates for victims of nursing home abuse and negligence throughout New Jersey, including Burlington County and Somerset County. The firm’s personal injury team includes skilled litigators and former nursing home administrators who understand the heartache that can be caused for a family when an elderly loved one suffers an injury or illness because of nursing home neglect. If your loved one’s health has worsened because of a nursing home’s failure to properly treat a medical condition, contact Sugarman Law today to discuss your case and explore your options.
Reasons Nursing Homes Fail to Properly Treat Medical Conditions
Elderly residents depend on nursing home staff to monitor them for changes in their existing medical conditions and even to diagnose new ones. Since elderly individuals are more likely to be in declining health, an untreated or improperly treated medical condition has the potential to be life-threatening. Whether your loved one is suffering from bedsores, a serious infection such as sepsis, malnutrition, or a fracture or deep bruise, the consequences of improper treatment by nursing home staff can be severe and, in the worst cases, fatal.
Nursing homes must do what is needed to maintain the health and safety of residents. When an elderly resident experiences any kind of change in their medical condition, nursing home staff should be prepared to take immediate action and provide appropriate care. Some of the specific reasons that nursing homes might fail to properly treat a resident’s medical condition include:
- Lack of necessary equipment: If nursing home staff is not equipped to treat the resident, or if the resident’s change in condition is perilous, the resident should be transferred to a hospital in a timely manner.
- Failure to properly medicate: Nursing homes have a legal responsibility to correctly administer prescription medications. Failure to properly medicate can result in serious illness or even death.
- Failure to diagnose illness: Since elderly patients are often unable to self-diagnose pain or symptoms of illness, it is crucial that nursing home staff be adequately trained to identify potential health issues.
- Failure to treat wounds: Nursing home employees need to take immediate action to treat and clean residents’ wounds in order to prevent serious, life-threatening infections.
- Failure to accommodate special needs: Specialized treatment plans need to be developed in accordance with the patient’s unique needs.
- Lack of communication with doctors: Nursing home staff members must be prepared to immediately report concerns about a patient’s medical status to the appropriate parties. Nursing home staff members should also follow the orders of qualified physicians when it comes to treatment of elderly residents.
- Insufficient training: Nursing home staff needs to be sufficiently trained to identify symptoms of potentially dangerous illnesses or ailments.
- Staffing issues: Nursing homes must be sufficiently staffed so that patients’ needs are not neglected.
- Dismissive attitude: Nursing home staff should always take patient complaints seriously. When a nursing home employee dismisses an elderly resident’s complaints about pain, the consequences can be fatal.
NJ Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer Holds Nursing Homes Accountable for Failure to Properly Treat a Medical Condition
There are specific laws that protect people against the failure to properly treat medical conditions in the State of New Jersey. When a nursing home violates its legal duty to take care of your elderly loved one, the consequences can be catastrophic. Tragically, by the time a negligent nursing home finally takes action to treat an elderly resident suffering from an illness or injury, it could be too late. If you suspect that your loved one has been the victim of abuse or neglect by nursing home staff, do not hesitate to contact an experienced nursing home negligence lawyer at Sugarman Law.
Barry Sugarman represents victims of nursing home negligence and abuse throughout the State of New Jersey. Mr. Sugarman knows what it takes to protect elderly individuals against neglect. He also understands what is needed in the courtroom to secure fair compensation for your loved one for injuries that they have already suffered. Call Sugarman Law today to discuss your case, or email Mr. Sugarman to schedule a free consultation at one of his offices in Somerville or Marlton.
An experienced nursing home negligence attorney at Sugarman Law will scrutinize nursing home protocol in your case, closely review your loved one’s medical records, and determine if any mistakes were made by staff members.
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