COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, makes it hard to breathe. Nursing home residents with COPD need a proper diagnosis and treatment plan to live as comfortably as possible. Unfortunately, when nursing home negligence occurs and the staff fails to recognize COPD symptoms or fails to implement a resident's treatment plan, residents can suffer significant physical problems.
Dangers for Nursing Home Residents With COPD
Without proper treatment, COPD damages the lungs, leads to unnecessary suffering, and may result in an earlier death. Accordingly, nursing home staff has a duty to:
- Watch for Signs of COPD: Symptoms may include a persistent cough, shortness of breath, weakness, and unexplained weight loss.
- Implement COPD Treatment Plans: Treatment may include inhalers, medications, and supplemental oxygen.
- Contact a Doctor With Any Concerns: When a staff member recognizes COPD symptoms or has concerns about whether a treatment plan is working, the nursing home should contact a doctor for a diagnosis or treatment evaluation.
Sometimes, nursing home negligence happens because of understaffed nursing homes, medication errors, or lack of reasonable care. If your loved one was hurt for any of these reasons, we encourage you to reach out to our experienced Kentucky nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers.
Help Your Loved One After a COPD Injury Occurs Due to Nursing Home Negligence in Kentucky
You trusted the nursing home to care for your loved one. If the nursing home failed to do so, and your loved one was hurt, she may be able to make a legal recovery. The recovery could include compensation for medical expenses, out-of-pocket costs for things such as changing nursing homes, physical pain, and emotional suffering.
Your mother, father, or other loved one had the right to expect reasonable care in their Kentucky nursing home. If that care was not provided, the nursing home should be held accountable, and your loved one should recover damages.
Our Kentucky nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers are here to help your loved one and your family during this difficult time. Please contact us at any time—24/7/365—to learn more.