October 22, 2017

Nursing Home Malpractice

Nursing home malpractice is defined as any intentional or negligent act committed by nursing home professionals and personnel which causes harm to the residents.  These acts are commonly known as ‘elder abuse’ or elder neglect, and can involve not only the physical well-being of the resident but also the mental and psychological well-being of the resident as well.   Abuse and neglect from nursing home malpractice  is a tragic reality facing many American families, and too often results from the willingness of too many nursing home companies to maximize their profits at the expense of their patients’ safety.

Warning Signs of Nursing Home Malpractice

The abuse and neglect of nursing home malpractice can sometimes be a ‘hidden’ problem because residents are not always capable of expressing pain or reporting the abuse or neglect themselves.  Thus it is extraordinarily important that others are diligent in watching for any signs or symptoms of abuse.  Any one of the following could evidence nursing home malpractice and warrants further investigation:

  • • bedsores (also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers)
  • • skin rash
  • • urine and/or feces odor
  • • lack of attention to resident’s personal hygiene
  • • falls resulting from adequate precautions or assistance
  • • skin tears
  • • bruises, contusions, or lesions
  • • bone fractures
  • • significant weight loss
  • • dehydration
  • • disorientation
  • • depression or isolation
  • • unexplained mood changes
  • • fear or anxiety
  • • unexplained refusal or inability to communicate
  • • indications of sexual assault
These are just examples, as neglect or abuse can take many forms — too numerous to list.  If you have any concern or suspicion, you should consider taking action.

Filing a Nursing Home Complaint With The ISDH

One option is to report the suspected nursing home malpractice to the Indiana State Department of Health.  The Indiana State Department of Health is required to investigate reports of neglect or abuse.  These reports can be filed anonymously by anyone, whether related to the patient or not.  The state investigators will gather evidence bearing upon the complaint against the nursing home, often reviewing records and interviewing personnel at the facility.  If the complaint is found to be substantiated, the facility may have to submit a plan to the State explaining how they intend to correct the problem.  If you would like assistance with filing a complaint with the Indiana State Department of Health, you may call our office at 877-769-5377.  We would be glad to help, free of charge.

Filing a Civil Complaint Against the Nursing Home

Filing a complaint with the ISDH may help shed light on the facility problem and force the nursing home to promise to correct the problem; however, this step alone may not bring the accountability you seek from those responsible for the harm to your loved one.

Therefore, in addition to filing a complaint with the ISDH, you may also be able to file a civil complaint in court seeking to hold the negligent nursing home fully accountability for the nursing home malpractice.   If you would like more information, the Powless Law Firm, P.C. would like to help you.

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Here is important information you should know about us:

  • • We concentrate upon medical malpractice and nursing home neglect claims only, and have years of experience and success in doing so.
  • •  We never represent the negligent hospitals, nursing homes, healthcare providers or their insurers.
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  • • We accept cases on a contingency basis, meaning we only get paid if we obtain a recovery for you.
  • • We work with a variety of highly qualified medical experts to thoroughly evaluate and present our cases.
  • • We are committed to providing the attention and resources required in these complex cases to help make a difference for those harmed by medical malpractice, and to help force changes that will help protect others.
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