Nursing Home Malpractice

A medical malpractice "crisis" is currently spreading rapidly across the United States. A major player in the medical malpractice "crisis" falls within the walls of nursing homes. Encouraged by the nursing home industry, policymakers are extending conventional medical malpractice tort reforms to the nursing home sector due to the amount of nursing home malpractice litigation cases that have resulted recently.

Types of Nursing Home Malpractice include:

  • Injuries resulting from the improper use of physical restraints
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Lowered immunity
  • Incontinence
  • Anemia
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Bruises and lacerations

A typical medical malpractice claim includes the plaintiff, the patient who alleges harm due to negligence on the part of the primary defendant. The primay defendant is usually the physician. On the other hand, personal injury claims against nursing homes are rarely initiated by the injured residents themselves (85% are initiated by their children or spouses), and the primary defendant is the nursing home itself. The allegations tend to center on abuse and neglect resulting in problems ranging from bedsores, dehydration, and falls to death.

Nursing home malpractice claims can be entirely different from other types of malpractice litigation. Hours upon hours of time, energy and resources are needed keep up with a wide range of laws and unique issues.

Have you or a loved one fallen victim to nursing home malpractice? If so, contact one of our qualified nursing home attorneys in your area today!