On behalf of Hastings Law Firm P.C. posted in Hospital Negligence on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.
Seniors in medical care facilities or nursing homes nationwide, including here in Texas, are often disillusioned by the standard of care provided by health care providers. A 69-year-old woman recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a care center in another state. She alleges hospital malpractice following negligence in care, staff hiring and supervision, along with elder abuse and fraud. The incident that led to the lawsuit occurred three months following her admittance to the facility.
The complaint claims that despite the facility’s knowledge of her medical condition and behavior, and its assurance that she would receive personal care at all times, she was often left unattended. Her admittance followed a recent cardiac arrest, and her condition included severe arthritis, a stroke, schizophrenia, dementia and bipolar disorder. It is alleged that, during a time when she was left alone, she suffered a fractured shoulder and hip when she fell out of her wheelchair.
The lawsuit further states that her cries for help went unattended, and when help ultimately arrived, she was merely put in the wheelchair until later when she was put to bed. Neither her family nor her doctor was notified until the following day. The care facility and its management firm are named as defendants in the lawsuit.
Texas residents who suspect hospital malpractice in negligent care of their elderly loved ones in nursing homes or other care facilities may want to be proactive in investigating the concerns before serious injuries, or worse, are suffered. Obtaining the evidence required for legal action may be difficult, but an experienced medical malpractice attorney may have the resources to determine deviations from the standard of care. A lawyer can also assist in calculating the full cost of the damage done.
Source: dailybreeze.com, “Senior sues Torrance nursing home, alleging staff withheld care”, Larry Altman, Jan. 10, 2016