The last thing anybody wants their loved one to experience in a nursing home is an abuse of any kind. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for nursing home residents to experience abuse through medical malpractice. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, we are here to help if you need a Dallas elder abuse attorney due to medical malpractice occurring. Our qualified team will investigate what happened if you suspect that your loved one has been the victim of abuse. Let us help secure the compensation your loved one needs.
Nursing homes and long-term care facilities are also considered medical facilities. Residents in nursing homes typically need various levels of medical care. Unfortunately, some nursing homes fail to meet the “duty of care” that is expected of them.
It is important to point out that not all forms of nursing home abuse are considered medical malpractice. However, medical malpractice does show up in nursing homes in the following ways:
It is widely understood that nursing home abuse is vastly underreported across the United States, though the National Council on Aging has indicated that one out of every ten Americans over the age of 60 will experience some form of abuse each year. We also know that medical malpractice is underreported, though researchers at Johns Hopkins have indicated that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the country annually.
Because both nursing home abuse and medical mistakes are underreported, it is up to family members to be vigilant and look out for signs and symptoms that their loved one may have been abused. If you suspect that your loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice in a nursing home, even if you do not have concrete proof, you need to report your suspicions to authorities and speak to an attorney.
If you suspect that your loved one has been abused in a nursing home and that the abuse centers around medical malpractice, contact Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC for help with your case today. Our team will not stand for this injustice, and we will thoroughly investigate your case in order to secure the compensation your loved one needs. This can include: