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Hospital Negligence Archives

What can a hospital do to reduce the risk of patients falling?

Falling is one of the gravest dangers that older and more frail patients face during hospital stays. In a previous blog post, we discussed the things that hospitals can do to help identify high-risk patients. But merely identifying such patients is not enough. So, what can a hospital actually do to prevent falls from occurring?

What to do if you suspect abuse of a loved on in a nursing home

Deciding to place a family member in a nursing home or similar assisted living facility is often difficult. You want your loved one to receive excellent care and have a high quality of life. However, if they have medical issues, such as mobility limitations or Alzheimer's, you may not be able to care for them at home any more.

Study shows high injury rate in rehabilitative hospitals

If you undergo a serious medical procedure, you may require additional care for your recovery. It is not unusual for those who are recovering from a physical injury, a stroke or surgery to then go to a rehabilitation hospital. And although a rehab hospital is supposed to provide treatment intended to improve a patient's health, far too often what is offered will actually worsen a patient's condition.

Hospital falls common in the United States

If there is one place on earth where we should feel safe, it is the hospital. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In fact, every year in the United States, between 700,000 and 1,000,000 people experience falls in hospitals. Not all of these falls result in patient injuries. However, patients can suffer internal bleeding, lacerations or fractures. And of course, these injuries are in addition to whatever condition the patient had that was the initial basis of the hospital stay.

How the Nursing Home Reform Act helps protect the elderly

When it comes time for a loved one to move into a nursing home, you want assurances that he or she will be safe and receive good care. And fortunately, there are laws in place to help ensure that nursing home residents are given the treatment that they need and deserve. Specifically, the Nursing Home Reform Act, passed in 1987, dictates that elder care patients in nursing homes should receive care that allows them to maintain their highest practical level of psychological, physical and mental well-being.

How often does misdiagnosis result in patients' injuries?

In South Carolina and all across the country, medical malpractice is a regularly discussed topic. This type of malpractice can be rooted in many different types of negligence. One of the most common types of negligence is misdiagnosis, but just how common is it?

Hospital negligence can lead to medical malpractice suits

In hospitals throughout South Carolina, regulations and protocols are in place that are designed to ensure the safety and well-being of all of the facilities' patients. When doctors, nurses or other members of hospital staff fail to adhere to the regulations or follow proper protocol, injuries or even death can result. If you or someone you love suffered due to hospital negligence, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice suit in an attempt to recover compensation for the resulting damages.

Nursing home negligence is elder abuse

We see complaints made against hospitals regarding negligence in care and blatant medical malpractice. We put our trust in the medical profession to make us better, we do the same in nursing homes. So it is disconcerting to hear of nursing home residents suffering injuries. It's even worse to learn that one of own loved ones has been the victim of some form of abuse at the hands of negligent nursing home staff. What are some common areas of nursing home negligence that are seen in both hospitals and nursing homes?

What happens after I report nursing home abuse suspicions?

What should you expect after you report suspected abuse to Adult Protective Services and your state's Long-Term Care Ombudsman? If your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, both you and your loved one may be dealing with an entirely new and frightening experience.

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