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3 signs of nursing home negligence or abuse to recognize

When your loved one is in a nursing home, you don't want to find out that he or she is in danger or has been harmed. It's devastating to know that the people who are supposed to treat your family member like their own loved ones aren't doing so.

There are many signs of nursing home abuse that you can look for. These red flags signify that something is wrong, and they should tell you it's time to transfer your loved one or to have a talk with the home's director.

  • Sudden illness

Misdiagnosis and medical malpractice

We are all grateful for the men and women who serve as doctors and other medical care professionals, but it is still frustrating and disappointing when a doctor we depend on makes the wrong call and misdiagnoses an ailment. As much as we'd like to think that misdiagnosis is only a once-in-a-while anomaly, it happens much more often than you might expect.

According to some sources, as much as one-third of all medical care administered involves some form of misdiagnosis. In some cases, this is not a factor in the overall success or failure of treatment, but when it does affect treatment, misdiagnosis can be devastating.

Were you injured by a prescribed medication?

When you take medication prescribed by a medical care professional, you want to believe that the every person who is a part of that action is properly doing their jobs. Unfortunately, many injuries result every year from individuals consuming improper medication or consuming medication that is actually far more harmful than they believe.

Prescription medication injuries can occur a number of different ways, and depending on the nature of the injury, a number of different parties may hold responsibility for an injury. If you believe that you suffered an injury because of harmful, improperly prescribed or improperly distributed medication, do not wait to begin exploring your options for fair compensation.

Questions to ask a surgeon before surgery

The skill and professionalism of a surgeon is one of those things that one rarely considers until it's time to go under the knife. After all, aren't most surgeons good at their jobs? In general, yes, most surgeons are good at their jobs, but they are also human beings who make mistakes. Some of them, unfortunately, make more frequent and more dangerous mistakes than others.

Surgeons are hard working, intelligent individuals, but not infallible. While human fallibility affects every industry, it's hard to imagine a more invasive, personal way that someone else's mistake could harm you or someone you love than the mistakes of a surgeon. It certainly makes sense to do some homework on the person charged with opening you up, to make sure you can trust them.

Ask these questions to choose the right nursing home

When it comes time to place a loved one in a Myrtle Beach nursing facility, it is important to choose one that will provide proper care. The last thing you want is to move your mother into a home where she will be at a risk of suffering nursing home abuse. Part of choosing the right facility includes doing random, unescorted walk-throughs and asking the right questions.

When you are searching for the right facility that can provide the care your mother needs at an affordable rate, it can seem like an almost impossible task. You can make the process easier by asking these questions when you meet with the nursing home administrator:

How can I avoid in-home care elder abuse?

As our loved ones age, it becomes increasingly more important to provide the help they need to maintain a good quality of life. As physical states deteriorate further and further, many families choose to hire in-home care to tend to their loved ones' needs.

Unfortunately, not every individual or company that offers in-home care is trustworthy, and in many cases, in-home care can result in elder abuse. Elder abuse is a very serious crime, and should not be overlooked, but preventing it starts before a care provider ever enters your loved one's home.

Did your infant's hypoxia result from malpractice?

During your pregnancy and delivery journey, your infant faces many risks that may affect his or her life for years to come. Although medical advancements to identify, prevent and treat neonatal threats have made great strides in the last few decades, there is still plenty of room for your child to experience unnecessary harm.

Whenever an infant does not receive proper oxygen to the brain, whether in the womb, during the birth process, or after delivery, they may suffer from hypoxia. Medical care providers can usually identify hypoxia quickly and prevent it from causing permanent damage at any stage of pregnancy or birth, but some cases do still slip through.

5 categories of nursing home abuse

If you're visiting your mom or dad at a Myrtle Beach nursing home several times a week, you're probably excellent at staying on top of his or her condition. That said, you still want be on high alert for any signs of abuse -- especially if your loved one relies on the care facility for receiving baths, medication, meals and medical services.

There are five primary kinds of nursing home abuse

Doctor calls his broker during delivery

Imagine that the day you have been waiting for has finally arrived. In just a few hours you would give birth to your child. Your pregnancy had been easy and you did not expect any complications during the delivery. But during the last, and most critical minutes of the birth, the doctor continued to leave the room and made a serious of decisions that had disastrous consequences.

This is exactly what happened to a young mother in nearby Florida in 2013. During the final 90 minutes of a low-risk pregnancy, her obstetrician not only made one bad decision after another, but he also chose to take an eight-minute phone call with his stockbroker. In addition, the doctor had the nurses restart a drug to induce stronger contractions and he did not perform a Cesarean, which may have made a huge difference in the eventual outcome.

Abuse in nursing homes: Non-physical abuse is still abuse

When we check grandparent or parent into a nursing home, many of us hope that we've done everything we can to ensure that they do not suffer abuse during their stay. Maybe you checked reviews of a facility and did a walkthrough, and even researched any recent lawsuits against the facility or operators.

Unfortunately, even here in beautiful Myrtle Beach, the possibility of nursing home abuse still exists. What's more, while most physical forms of abuse are easily identified if you stay vigilant, other forms of abuse are more difficult to spot. Still, these non-physical forms of abuse are serious violations of your loved one's rights and dignity.

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