Aggressively Representing Victims Of Nursing Home Negligence
Families expect a nursing home to provide outstanding and unerring care to their elderly loved ones. Unfortunately, these facilities are sometimes rife with negligence resulting in serious physical injury or even death. These instances of negligence are grounds for medical malpractice claims. However, proving nursing home negligence in Indiana is a complicated, arduous process.
Park Woody Vaughan, P.C., is a law firm with experience and proven results in medical malpractice cases. We have a registered nurse on staff to provide an in-depth medical perspective on your case. Our attorneys understand the difficulties associated with this complex process and offer compassionate guidance and counsel and, if appropriate, aggressive representation of your malpractice claim.
Common Types Of Negligence And Abuse
A nursing home should be a safe, comfortable place for the elderly. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Negligence and abuse occur in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the form of:
- Physical abuse. An elderly individual may be subject to physical violence, such as shaking or hitting, at the hands of a member of the nursing home staff.
- Malnutrition/dehydration. A nursing home is required to provide consistent and regular meals and fluids to its patients. If it fails to do so, the patient’s health may be adversely affected.
- Bedsores. Bedsores are small lesions that develop on areas of skin that remain in constant contact with some external surface, such as a chair or bed. These lesions are often quite painful and if left untreated are frequently sites of infection. These sores are entirely preventable if the nursing home staff alternates the resting position of the patient.
- Falls. Nursing homes must make every effort to provide an environment that is not conducive to falls. An unmarked area of water on the floor or impediments in an area of high patient traffic may contribute to a patient’s fall and often significant resulting injuries.
- Medication mistakes. Nursing home staff members are responsible for administering the proper type and dosage of medication to the correct patient. There are many cases every year of nursing homes giving the wrong medication or dramatically incorrect dosages of the correct medication to patients. These types of mistakes often have dramatic health consequences and may even prove fatal.
Using Medical And Legal Resources To Prove Your Case
From the time of the alleged medical misconduct, a claimant has two years to bring the case to court. Accordingly, if you suspect that your elderly loved one had been the subject of negligence or abuse in a nursing home, it is vitally important that you seek counsel in a timely manner. Additionally, proving that negligence occurred in a nursing home is a significant legal challenge – a skilled medical malpractice attorney is essential. We have extensive experience processing nursing home negligence claims, and our attorneys leverage their legal and medical resources to provide you with straightforward guidance and aggressive representation.
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The office of Park Woody Vaughan, P.C., is easily accessible by public transportation. We are conveniently located at the corner of Delaware and Ohio in Indianapolis. A parking garage is available for clients. Our hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, with night and weekend hours available by request. Payment is based on a contingency fee structure.