As we and our loved ones grow older, it’s only logical that our contact with the medical industry, and need for medical care, will begin to steadily increase. It is our hope that the individuals with whom we come into contact are every bit as responsible and trustworthy as they appear, especially since we tend to place a lot of hope and faith in the words of medical professionals. How many times have you ever accepted your own ignorance on a medical matter and decided to just listen to whatever the doctor said? After all, doctors know best!
Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. There are many situations in which a doctor or other medical personnel can become overwhelmed or make a mistake. Even if the situation arises out of an honest error rather than malicious action, the end result can be devastating. Do you think you have a medical negligence and malpractice case?
Medical Negligence and Malpractice
Medical negligence occurs as a result of a medical professional making a mistake that causes you injury or some other form of harm. This can be either an action that harms you, or the failure to act. This situation can occur in any time during a medical process or treatment. The mistake must be one that is outside of the standard of care, or generally accepted medical methods or treatment currently in use via other medical professionals.
Medical malpractice cases can be long and complicated affairs. In general, there are two main things that must be provable in order to have a viable claim.
You must be able to prove that a doctor, or other medical professional, made a mistake.
You must be able to prove that you were demonstrably harmed by that mistake.
While this might seem like a straightforward issue, in reality it can be difficult to prove both of those standards. You must be able to prove that your doctor or other medical professional breached the accepted standard of care, and that your damages are recorded and demonstrable.
There are other forms of medical malpractice, neglect, and abuse than those listed above, of course. One of the more well-known issues that falls into this realm is that of nursing home abuse and neglect. This is an issue that is increasing in scope and severity, and certainly one to be aware of if you’re in the market for a nursing home for yourself or a loved one.
Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
It’s a fact of life that many of us will eventually have some sort of contact with nursing homes. When we select a nursing home for our loved ones, it is done with the hope that they will be happy and comfortable during their stay. We also have the expectation that they will be well cared for and looked after. Indeed, nursing homes accept this responsibility when they agree to take on residents. They willingly accept the responsibility for their residents’ medical needs, and agree to ensure that they are kept in as good of health as is possible.
Unfortunately, this responsibility is not one that is always upheld. Nursing homes have become breeding grounds for abuse and neglect, often as a result of cost-cutting and losing valuable team members. They are often overrun with residents and are woefully in adequate when it comes to taking care of them. As a consequence, residents might begin to experience all different sorts of malpractice, negligence, and abuse. These include:
- Poorly trained staff.
- Prescription drug errors, from forgetting to give medicine at the appropriate time to neglecting to check for potentially fatal drug interactions.
- Medical restraint abuse.
- Inattention and failure to provide an adequate, reasonable level of care.
At Bingham Law, we understand how heartbreaking it can be to realize that your loved one has been hurt as a result of abuse or neglect at a nursing home. We’re here to help you through this difficult situation. If your loved one has been neglected or abused at their nursing home, it’s important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. We can help you secure financial compensation that will go a long way towards helping to heal your loved one and the rest of your family, too. Don’t hesitate and delay the process!
The medical industry is one in which we collectively place a lot of faith. We put our trust in medical professionals and believe that they are working to take care of our needs and issues. If you or a loved one have been in a situation where this trust was breached, then it’s time to contact an experienced medical neglect and malpractice attorney to help explore the issue of financial compensation. Contact Bingham Law today and speak with one of our skilled attorneys to determine whether or not you might have a viable claim!