Three Medical Errors That Could Endanger the Lives of Nursing Home Residents

Your loved one moved into a nursing home because of her medical needs. Your family trusted that the nurses would carry out the orders of her doctors and provide her with the care she couldn’t get at home. You were confident in the care that your loved one was receiving until you received a call from a local hospital telling you she was seriously ill.

Is Your Loved One’s Illness the Nursing Home’s Fault?

It is not always the nursing home’s fault when a resident is suddenly taken to the hospital with an acute illness. Sometimes, serious and life-threatening emergencies occur even when reasonable care is provided. However, at other times, medical errors and other types of negligence that occur in the nursing home can result in injuries and deaths. Consider, for example, what could happen if:

  • A doctor fails to properly diagnose your loved one’s condition
  • A doctor fails to account for other medications or physical conditions when writing a prescription
  • A doctor fails to consider your loved one’s unique needs such as dementia or behavior challenges when examining, diagnosing, or treating her

Any of these mistakes can potentially result in a nursing home resident’s death. If the mistake occurred because the doctor did not exercise the reasonable care that another nursing home doctor would have used in similar circumstances then the doctor may have committed medical malpractice.

Find Out the Truth About What Happened to Your Loved One

If you have questions about why your loved one got sick or why she died, it is important to get answers. It is important to hold doctors accountable when they are negligent and to know what really caused your loved one’s death. For more information about how to communicate with a nursing home or find out what really happened, please read our free articles and watch our free videos today.

Matthew L. White
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Founder & Partner of Louisville Personal Injury Law Firm Gray & White Law