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Nursing Home Abuse Warning Signs

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Nursing Home Abuse Warning Signs
How To Protect Your Loved Ones

The decision to put a family member in a nursing home or assisted living facility is a decision that no one wants to make. However, sometimes it becomes a necessity especially if your loved one is unable to live alone due to advancing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and issues with falling. People are reluctant to admit their loved ones to nursing homes or other assisted living settings because all too frequently reports of nursing home abuse and neglect. More recently, some home care nurses have provided negligent care within patients homes.

Unfortunately, people who are unprofessional and uncaring are hired to fill positions as nurses and nursing assistants. Many times, nursing home abuse is never suspected because your loved one isn’t able to tell you exactly what has happened or they are afraid to tell you what is happening to them because they fear backlash from the employee or facility that is housing them. There are signs you can look for if you suspect your family member is being abused by nursing home staff members. When you recognize these signs then you can take action on behalf of your loved one.

Some nursing home employees are paid very little for the work they do. The staffs in some facilities are stretched too thin because the turnover rate of employees can be very high. Also, facilities may cut budgets and freeze hiring because of new healthcare laws and the inability to pay a decent living wage. In any case, facilities usually end up with an inadequate number of staff members to care for patients. This can lead to mistakes in care like medication errors and oversights about a patient’s general hygiene.

What should you look for when you visit your loved one? Here are a few examples:

  • When you visit your loved one always make yourself aware of which staff members are in charge of your loved ones care during the daytime, evening and overnight hours. Make a point to familiarize yourself with the different staff members and if there is anything that you feel is amiss regarding your loved one, don’t hesitate to ask multiple questions. If you don’t get the answers you are looking for, go to Nursing Home Abuse Warning Signs the director of nursing and pose your questions.
  • Look for extreme changes in mood or demeanor. If you loved one is unusually quiet or if they shy away from you, then there is bound to be a problem. They may be frightened. They cannot defend themselves and if they tell you that abuse is happening always follow up with the charge nurse or nursing home supervisor. Watch how your loved one interacts with certain staff members. If their personality changes greatly when specific members of the staff come in, keep an eye on the situation.
  • Unexplained bruising can be a sign of nursing home abuse. Look closely to see if your loved one has any unexplained bruising or any type of new pain. New pain can be a result of broken bones or other types of organ and tissue injuries. Many times residents who fall aren’t being checked on properly and their calls for help are ignored. When staff members find them they simply put them back into bed and never advise anyone else that the incident occurred. Your loved one may never get treatment for the broken bone or treatment time is greatly delayed. For a person whose immune system is compromised this can be very dangerous as it is possible for infection or other complications to set in.
  • If you see anything like torn clothing, the absence of fresh water pitchers or cups, or if water is out of the reach of the patient this could mean that someone has been physically abusive to them, or a staff member could be withholding water from them as a form of punishment.
  • Unexplained weight loss, dehydration, skin lacerations and untreated pressure sores (bed sores) are other signs of possible abuse. Make yourself aware of the attitudes of the staff members and take a long hard look at the level of service they provide your loved one. If they are rude, short tempered, loud or they act as some patients are more important than others, these could be signs that the healthcare worker is abusive or neglectful. Talk with other friends, family members, and other residents as they can update you on anything they may have witnessed.

Nursing Home Abuse Warning Signs

Your loved ones deserve the best of everything and, at times, with loved ones who are dealing with dementia and other debilitating diseases at the end of their lives, it can be hard on everyone in the family. If you believe that a loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse or healthcare provider abuse contact Attorney Skip McManes of McManes Law. Mr. McManes is highly experienced and will work directly with your family to stop the abuse and get the compensation that your loved one needs. The Golden Years are very sacred and your family members need to be safe. Contact McManes Law today for a free consultation. Call us locally at (770) 645-8801, Toll Free at (866) 612-2481, or visit our website.

What is Medical Malpractice

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What is Medical Malpractice

When you are seen by a doctor or other medical professional regarding your health concerns, you assume you will get the best care possible. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. When physicians, technicians, nurses and other medical professionals make mistakes during medical care, the outcomes can be life altering or even life threatening.

Medical Malpractice occurs when medical professionals fail to treat their patients with the same standard of care as other medical professionals. The question that must be answered in a medical malpractice case is whether the doctor failed to treat the patient with the same standard of care that other physicians with the same amount of training and experience would have treated the patient.

Lasik Surgery

Lasik eye surgery corrects nearsightedness and has had positive outcomes for many people who have had vision problems all of their lives. However, if the procedure isn’t done correctly, it can have devastating effects such as permanent and correctable vision impairment and blindness. Your eye care professional must screen each patient carefully to make sure they are a candidate for the surgery. Improper screening is one major cause for Lasik malpractice cases. Failure to properly measure the cornea of the eye is another common cause for bad Lasik procedures. When the cornea is measured improperly, damage to the eye can be catastrophic.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery is another ground breaking procedure that has benefited many people. When the surgery goes wrong because of a botched procedure, the patient’s attempt to get healthier ends in misery, with some people losing their lives. Factors that can cause complications, additional surgeries and fatalities include infection, blood clots, kidney problems and leaking of gastric fluids after surgery. It is imperative that your surgeon gives you proper post-operative treatment. This includes looking into any reports patients may have regarding ongoing pain shortly after surgery, shortness or breath and possible infection.

Hospital Injuries

Hospital injuries are another type of medical malpractice. As with standards of care, patients assume that the hospital they are being admitted into is safe, staffed with competent medical professionals and technicians, and the facility is stocked with the proper supplies and up to date medical equipment. Hospital injuries include slip and fall accidents, medication errors, emergency room errors, and failure to care for nosocomial infections properly which lead to further deterioration of health. Be advised, that some cases regarding hospital injury are subject to a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations regulates the time frame in which a case can be filed.

What is Medical Malpractice

What Do I Have To Show?

You must be able to show that your injuries were sustained when a doctor or hospital failed to exercise specific standards of care. Also, another medical expert must be able to show that the actions taken by the doctor or hospital directly resulted in your injury or loss.

You can be compensated for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering if you have been the victim of medical malpractice. Attorney Skip McManes will help you fight for compensation. Medical malpractice law is very detailed and specific. You need an experienced expert in medical malpractice to advocate for you. Skip McManes will consult with you regarding your case. He will help you, or he will work with a skilled medical malpractice attorney in order to help you and your family. Contact McManes Law at (770) 645-8801, Toll Free at (866) 612-2481, or visit our website at www.mcmaneslaw.com.