Nursing home malpractice is the intentional or negligent act performed by a nursing home professional that can place the individual nursing home resident in harm’s way. Whether it is mental or physical, the ramifications can be both emotionally and financially costly.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home malpractice,  our Connecticut attorneys can assist you with your claim. Our nursing home abuse lawyers will hire experts to strengthen your case. All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid unless you get paid. Our nursing home malpractice attorneys are known for providing accurate and prompt service. Please call (877) 801-6202 for a free case review.

What is Nursing Home Malpractice?

Nursing home malpractice is the deviation from the acceptable medical standard of care, which causes results in some type of harm, abuse, or neglect to the patient. It can and does happen in a health care facility including nursing homes. Nursing home malpractice is any intentional act or negligence committed by a nursing home professional and/or staff member that potential causes physical, economic, or psychological harm to the residents. Malpractice can occur if the care provided deviates from accepted standards of practice in the community and causes injury or wrongful death to the nursing home resident. While most facilities attempt to provide competent care, there are instances when the quality of care is not up to standards, and as a result medical malpractice occurs. General neglect is the most common nursing home malpractice and could include:

  • Failure to assist in personal hygiene
  • Failure to provide appropriate medical care
  • Failure to provide appropriate food, clothing, and shelter
  • Failure to prevent or treat malnutrition and dehydration
  • Failure to prevent falls
  • Failure to provide a safe environment

Signs of Nursing Home Malpractice

Any act of abuse, neglect, or failure to act perpetuated by staff members that causes harm to a resident could be considered nursing home malpractice. Signs of or symptoms of these problems can include:

  • Bedsores
  • Pressure sores
  • Infections
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Unexplained ailments
  • Undetected or misdiagnosed medical conditions
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Medication errors
  • Inappropriate physical restraint
  • Untreated pain

Nursing home negligence also includes inadequate staffing, inexperienced or under-trained staff, negligent supervision, and patient isolation. A worst case scenario can result in a wrongful death claim.

When the minimum standards governing the nursing home industry not met, the party responsible can be held accountable for any damages caused by the malpractice. Elder abuse in a nursing home is also a malpractice. There are different types of elder abuse: physical abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and health care fraud.

How is Liability Determined in a Nursing Home Malpractice Case?

Nursing homes and its staff, like doctors and hospitals, are obligated to meet professionals’ standards of care. Negligently failing to meet these standards may make one liable for nursing home malpractice. Meeting with a nursing home negligence lawyer can help determine whether you have a nursing home malpractice case.

What Compensation Might I Receive If My Case is Successful?

A person who is held liable in a nursing home malpractice case must pay the injured party for:

  • Former and future medical care and associated expenses
  • Previous and pending income lost because of the nursing home malpractice accident
  • Undeviating physical disability or disfigurement
  • Loss of family, social, and educational events
  • Emotional damages, such as stress, embarrassment, depression, or strains on family relationships
  • Punitive Damages

If the plaintiff shows the defendant’s conduct was worse than negligent, then this might justify a punitive damage pay out. Conduct justifying punitive damages in a nursing home malpractice case represents conduct that the public policy of a state finds reprehensible, typically an intentional act or one with reckless indifference to the rights of others.

What Should I Do If I Have Been The Victim Of Nursing Home Malpractice?

If you or someone you know is a victim of nursing home malpractice or abuse, contact Connecticut personal injury attorneys Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP at (877) 801-6202 or by filling out our online form immediately for a complimentary consultation with one of our nursing home negligence attorneys. Our nursing home abuse lawyers will work with you to review the facts of your case if it appears you have a viable malpractice claim. We will promptly arrange to obtain your medical records to be reviewed by a doctor.