Many people rely on nursing homes to provide care to older family members who can no longer care for themselves, and who may otherwise be prone to falls, weight loss, and other harm. Nursing homes are expected to provide thorough and attentive medical care to their residents, but for a variety of reasons the care provided is often inadequate, and the health of the nursing home’s residents is adversely affected as a result. If your loved one sustained harm because of medical neglect in a facility of this nature, a dedicated Cape Cod nursing home negligence lawyer can evaluate your options for seeking recourse. The skilled attorneys of the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, have more than fifteen decades of combined experience representing injured plaintiffs, and will vigorously pursue the full amount of compensation you may be able to recover. Our assertive advocacy has enabled us to recover multiple multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients.Signs and Examples of Medical Neglect
Medical neglect in a nursing home environment can take many forms. A resident may be administered the incorrect medication or an incorrect dosage, or a physician responsible for treating residents may fail to diagnose a resident in a timely manner or fail to monitor a chronic condition properly. If a resident has an illness that is not promptly diagnosed, his or her health may worsen, and it may cause significant harm or result in the resident’s untimely death.
Numerous symptoms can signify that a nursing home resident is suffering due to medical neglect. A resident may suffer cognitive deficits due to being improperly medicated or may suffer from bed sores or falls. Additionally, infections, malnutrition, and dehydration often indicate that a nursing home resident is not receiving adequate medical care. If you suspect that your loved one sustained harm due to medical neglect in a nursing home, an injury lawyer can assess your options. Time is of the essence in taking legal action, as any personal injury lawsuit arising out of medical neglect must be filed within three years of the date of harm.Liability for Medical Neglect
Nursing homes are required to abide by standards set forth by both state and federal law in providing care and treatment to their residents. The standard of care imposed on nursing homes requires them to meet the daily needs of their residents, which includes providing adequate medical care. If the nursing home entrusted with the care of your loved one failed to comply with the duties imposed by law, you may be able to hold both the nursing home and any care providers employed by the nursing home liable. In most instances, lawsuits arising out of medical neglect in a nursing home will set forth a theory of negligence.
In Massachusetts, to successfully prove liability for negligence, you must show that the offending party owed the victim a duty of care, which he or she breached, and that the breach caused actual harm. Where the negligent party is a doctor or other medical care provider, the standard of care is the care that a reasonable physician with the same level of skill and training in the same community would provide. Thus, in most cases involving medical neglect, it will be necessary to engage a medical expert to opine on the manner in which the treatment provider breached the standard of care.Damages Recoverable in a Medical Neglect Case
If you can successfully prove that your loved one suffered harm due to medical neglect in a nursing home, you may be able to recover the costs of any medical treatment he or she underwent due to the neglect, or will need to undergo in the future. You may also be awarded damages for the pain and suffering your loved one endured due to the neglect.Meet with a Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer in Cape Cod
Nursing homes should be held accountable for any preventable harm suffered by residents within their care. If your loved one sustained damages or died due to medical neglect in a nursing home, a trusted injury attorney can review your case. At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, we have a history of obtaining successful outcomes for our clients, and will work tirelessly to help you pursue any compensation you may be owed. We represent parties in Cape Cod, and we are available to meet with parties in Plymouth and Hyannis as well. We can be reached at 888-262-6664 or through the online form to schedule a consultation to discuss your case. Nós Falamos Português.