Nursing Home Malpractice
Some of the most difficult choices we must make for our loved ones as they age is whether and when to place them in a nursing home. At Cooper Sevillano we understand that as care needs increase often times people have no choice but to start looking into alternative options. Nursing homes are essential to our system of healthcare to meet the needs of the elderly. And we are here to help ensure that the elderly are properly protected, and that nursing homes face significant consequences when they fall short.
Although long-term care facilities have greatly improved over the last decade or so, not all nursing homes are equal and every one is capable of providing substandard care. Examples of cases we have handled involving nursing home malpractice include:
- failure to implement or follow care plans;
- improper use of physical restraints;
- improper administration of medications especially behavior-modifying medications like Benadryl;
- failure to transfer to the hospital;
- inadequate fall prevention;
- mismanagement of pressure ulcers and skin tears;
- inadequate nutritional support;
- negligent hiring of staff;
- failure to supervise residents and staff;
- wrongful death.
It is easy to feel guilty after a loved one suffers harm in a nursing home. At Cooper Sevillano we understand that these are sensitive matters to begin with, and we do not second guess or belittle our client’s decisions to rely on such facilities for care. Rather, we understand the practical realities of needing full-time caregivers and we use our resources to help ensure that every resident receives the best possible care in the most comfortable setting. When a nursing home fails to abide by a standard of care or violates the rights of one of its residents, we are here to make sure the resident is compensated and the home is held accountable.