Medical Malpractice Events Not Decreasing, According to New England Journal of Medicine

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published research executed by Harvard Medical School that shows that the number of medical malpractice events (referred to in the article as patient harms) has not decreased in the last 6 years, despite numerous prevention efforts.

Medical Malpractice Study by Harvard Medical School

medical malpractice and negligence attorneys in nj and paResearchers examined 6 years worth of medical records from 10 different North Carolina hospitals. Over 2,300 admissions records were examined from 2002 thru 2007. Records were chosen at random and reviewed by teams of nurse reviewers. The study found 588 patient harms, including surgical errors, medicinal errors, and nosocomial (hospital-aquired) infections. Of those 588 medical errors, 84.4% were reported as “short-lived” and “not serious.” Fifty, however, were classifed as life threatening, with 14 resulting in death, and 17 resulting in permanent injury. Of the errors, 63.1% of them were abolsutely avoidable.

Harvard Medical School researchers explained that they chose North Carolina hospitals because of the state’s pristine history, as well as it’s dedication to preventing medical malpractice and promoting patient safety. Authors of the study said of the results:

“Though disappointing, the absence of apparent improvement is not entirely surprising.”

It seems that while certain preventative measures have been taken, there still exists an alarming lack of free-standing programs that help deter diagnostic and surgical errors. Much of the medical malpractice occurs when patients are transferred from one physician or facility to another. Patient and information transfers must be handled with meticulous attention and sometimes, in the hustle and commotion of an Emergency Room, that kind of attention is impossible to give. That is why programs and protocol should be put into place to assist in these transfers.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys at the Mininno Law Office

John Mininno, Esq. is a dedicated and hard working medical malpractice attorney practicing in New Jersey and Philadelphia. He is experienced in many different areas of medical malpractice, and is skilled at earning significant recoveries for victims of medical negligence. If you or a loved one have been victimized by neglience in an emergency or operating room, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Let the team at the Mininno Law Office earn you the compensation you need and deserve.

Medical Malpractice Causes Quadriplegia for Police Officer

17.7 million dollars was awarded to George Nissen after severe medical malpractice changed his life forever. medical malpractice and negligence attorneys in new jersey and philadelphia

Forty-seven year old George Nissen of Melrose Park, Illinois worked as a Stone Park Police Officer. On February 13, 2005, he responded to a complaint of a disturbance outside a town bar. While trying to dispurse the crowd and restore order to the area, Nissen was thrown over the hood of a car by one of the unruly crowd members. He struck his head on the curb. Nissen was quick to his feet, and none of his fellow officers suspected that any real damage or injury had occurred. A day later, Nissen was rushed to the hospital after having suffered a stroke, seemingly from injuries he sustained after the blow to the head.

Medical Malpractice at the University of Illinois Medical Center

He was admitted to the University of Illinois Medical Center to have an external ventricular drain inserted to drain the excess fluid on Nissen’s brain. The presence of the drain calls for close monitoring of intracranial pressure, which Nissen did not receive. His pressure levels rose to dangerous highs overnight and nurses failed to recognize or alert doctors of the complication, resulting in brain damage.

Today, Nissen is a quadriplegic, and can only communicate through eye or head movements. The University of Illinois has agreed to pay Nissen 16.2 million dollars, and an additional 1.5 million is being paid by an independant nursing agency that employed the negligent nurses.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or a loved one are victims of medical malpractice or negligence, please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. Our medical malpractice attorneys are experienced and knowledgable in all areas of medical law, and are prepared to work hard and earn you the compensation you need and deserve. You may also call for a free consultation at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia. The Mininno Law Office team is here for you.

Jury Awards Family $42.75 Million for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

nursing home abuse attorneys new jersey philadelphia Harborside MadisonvilleA Kentucky jury awarded $42.75 million to a family who claimed that nursing home abuse and neglect led to their loved one’s death. Joseph Clint Offutt was a resident at the Harborside of Madisonville nursing home for only nine days before he died. In that brief time, Mr. Offutt became lethally dehydrated, despite having a feeding tube. The nursing home failed him in the most basic way: they failed to ensure he had enough water to live.

Nine Days of Nursing Home Abuse

Mr. Offutt served in World War II and was still planting crops at age 88. A stroke weakened him in 2007. His wife of 58 years, Pearline, cared for him at home for eight months. Despite Pearline’s efforts, Offutt’s family concluded he needed professional care. Nursing homes exist for the purpose of caring for those whose families can no longer care for them.

It is incredibly distressing for a family to trust their loved one’s life to the promises of these “experts,” only to find their loved one received worse care at the nursing home then they would have received at home. As a New Jersey nursing home abuse lawyer, my experience shows that the nursing home’s lies and broken promises make it even harder for the family to accept their loved one’s fate.

Mr. Offutt was only at the nursing home from March 25 to April 3, 2008. He was transferred to a hospital and died two days later on April 5, 2008. The family alleged that nursing home staff members neglected Mr. Offutt. The nursing home allowed him to suffer from severe dehydration, malnutrition, bedsores and infections. The nursing home allowed all of this to happen in just nine days, and their neglect ultimately caused his death.

Harborside’s Response to Nursing Home Abuse Verdict

Of course, the nursing home then had the audacity to criticize the jurors. Carol Britt, administrator of the facility, released the following statement:

We feel the size of the verdict is outrageous and totally inappropriate based on the facts presented in the case. Not only did we provide quality care to this individual, but the outsized punitive damages assessed against us bear no relation to our conduct. We intend to vigorously challenge the decision through the appeal process.

With all due respect Ms. Britt, how does outstanding care lead to death by dehydration in just nine days?

Adult Protective Services officials of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services investigated the care provided to Mr. Offutt and agreed with the allegations of nursing home abuse. The Office of Inspector General cited the nursing home for failing to prevent bedsores in the case of Mr. Offutt. Was the state wrong too Ms. Britt?

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

As a New Jersey and Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyer, I find Ms. Britt’s comments to be indicative of the attitudes expressed by the entire nursing home industry. The jury awarded $1 million for Offutt’s pain and suffering, $1.75 million for his wife’s loss and $40 million for punitive damages. The jurors were members of Ms. Britt’s community. The jury took time out of their lives to sit through the trial and listen to all of the evidence. Contrary to Ms. Britt’s opinion about the jury and the size of their award, the evidence against the nursing home must have been so egregious for the jury to become so outraged that they felt the need to send a message to the nursing home that their conduct was reprehensible.

If you or a loved one have suffered due to nursing home abuse or neglect, please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Our team is dedicated to fighting this huge industry that seemingly has no respect for the lives with which it is entrusted. Let us earn you the compensation you deserve.

Nursing Home Abuse – What Should You Do?

You have recently discovered that your loved has been victimized by nursing home abuse. You feel angry, shocked, confused, deceived. You entrusted an expensive facility to care for your family member because you no longer could, and now they are worse off than before. What should you do?

Nursing Home Abuse Attorney – Step 1

You must contact a nursing home abuse attorney. An attorney is going to review the facts of your case and tell you if there is enough there to file suit. If so, there are more steps you will have to take in order to present a valid case.

Nursing Home Abuse Records – Step 2

nursing home abuse attorneys new jersey philadlephiaAfter calling an attorney, the next step is often to obtain the medical records. It is often best for the family to initially request the medical records without the help of an attorney. This ensures less of a chance the nursing home would remove documents from the chart, or even re-write them. In order to request a resident’s medical records, you need to have authority to do so. What gives you that authority?

Nursing homes have the right to require a HIPAA authorization in exchange for producing the medical records. This authorization can be signed by the individual. However, often times in a nursing home setting, the resident is unable to make these decisions, and has arranged for one or more family members to act as power of attorney. When properly written, a power of attorney would give members of the resident’s family the right to sign the HIPAA authorization and request the records for themselves.

In the event that the resident were to die, the power of attorney would now have no legal force or effect. What should you do now?

Nursing Home Abuse Short Certificate – Step 3

In New Jersey, once an individual dies, the family must make an application for a “short certificate” to continue to represent the estate. The short certificate is a document that is created and provided by each county’s Surrogate’s office. Luckily, the employees at the Surrogate’s office are some of the most helpful State employees you will ever come across. Usually in one or two days, the family can obtain the short certificate. Just as a power of attorney gives the family the authority to execute the HIPAA authorization and to obtain the client’s records when they are alive, the short certificate gives them that ability when their loved one is deceased. Below is a link to the contact information for all 21 New Jersey county Surrogates.

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys at the Mininno Law Office

Although this is a general road map as to how you would obtain records and to begin to investigate whether there is a claim for injuries against the nursing home, in the event that you feel you may have a viable lawsuit for injuries suffered by your family member, please do not hesitate to contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation.
You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Let the team at the Mininno Law Office earn you the compensation you deserve.

Birth Defects and Depakote Could be Linked

birth defects depakote new jersey philadelphia attorneysThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in December 2009, informed Health Care professionals about the increased risk of neural tube defects and other major birth defects associated with the use of Depakote during the first trimester of pregnancy. Doctors typically warn women who are looking to become pregnant of the correlation between Depakote and birth defects in the first trimester of pregnancy. They should also warn women who are not planning pregnancy but are sexually active of the risks. By the time these woman know they are pregnant, it may be too late to prevent the many birth defects that can occur as a result as Depakote use in the first trimester of pregnancy.

What Birth Defects can Depakote Cause?

Depakote (Divalproex Sodium) is a drug marketed by Abbott Laboratories used to treat bipolar disorder, migraine headaches, and seizures associated with epilepsy. Side effects of Depakote that pertain to birth defects include Spina Bifida (a neural tube defect), craniosynostosis (abnormal skull development), cleft pallet, arterial septal defect (holes in the heart), and polydactyly (extra fingers or toes).

Spina Bifida is perhaps the most significant birth defect tied to Depakote use. It is a developmental birth defect caused by the incomplete closure of the embryonic neural tube. Spina bifida occurs when some of the vertebrae overlying the spinal cord are not fully formed and remain unfused and open. Spina Bifida malformations fall into four categories: Spina Bifida occulta, Spina Bifida cystica (myelomeningocele), meningocele, and lipomenengocele. The most significant form of Spina Bifida is myelomeningocele, which leads to disability in most affected individuals.

Birth Defects in New Jersey

According to the Spina Bifida Association, there are an estimated 2.7 million women of childbearing age that live in New Jersey. Approximately 1,710 people with Spina Bifida live in New Jersey and 1.97 babies are born with Spina Bifida per 10,000 births in New Jersey. The Spina Bifida Association said, “If women were to consume 400 micrograms of the B-vitamin folic acid every day before pregnancy, the risk of Spina Bifida and other serious birth defects could be reduced up to 70%.” If you need resources to learn more about Spina Bifida, there are four clinics in New Jersey located in Mountainside, Edison, Summit, and West Orange.

Birth Defect Attorneys at the Mininno Law Office

If you or a loved are dealing with the tribulations of a child with birth defects, and you believe those defects were caused by the negligence of another, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. Our team is eager and prepared to earn you the compensation you need and deserve. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

BEDSORES — A BILLION DOLLAR PROBLEM?

According to the National Ducubitus Foundation, over one million people each year suffer from potentially fatal bedsores. When viewed in a hospital setting, the same studies show that approximately 10% patients at any given time are inflicted with bedsores. While this figure is shocking in of itself, the real number is probably higher because many of the medical facilities with a history of preventable bedsores did not participate in this study.

Admittedly, some cases of bedsores are unavoidable; however, a good majority of bedsores in hospitals and nursing homes are the result of pure negligence. For instance, when a nursing home resident is left to sit for 8 hours in urine soaked sheets and clothes and develops a bedsore as a result, that is negligence. When a nurse can not move her patient every two hours because the hospital is understaffed and the patient gets a bedsore, that is negligence. In cases such as these, just a little bit of attention and a few extra staff members would have done the trick.

Typically, when medical facilities are confronted with these facts, the usual response is that they cannot afford additional personnel or equipment for bedsore prevention. This is especially true in a nursing home setting, where corners are cut everywhere possible because of budget concerns. But is this really a legitimate excuse? Should the hospitals and nursing homes get a free pass because they can”t afford to implement simple procedures that will ultimately save lives? Lets take a closer look at the math to decide.

Statistics show that in year 1994, there were 6,374 hospitals in the United States with an average of 177 beds per hospital. The occupancy rate of these hospitals is 66.1%. Therefore, given the math, on average 745,740 beds were occupied on any given day. When you compare the instances of bedsores related to the hospital population, you find that on any given day, there are approximately 80,000 patients with bedsores . When that number is multiplied by the average hospital stay for patients with bedsores of 27 days, you find that over 1,000,000 patients develop potentially fatal, yet preventable bedsores per year.

Furthermore, the costs associated with bedsore care are astronomical. For example, the average cost of a hospital stay for patient over 65 is about $2,360 per day. If this same elderly patient develops a bedsore, he is now projected to stay an additional 27 days. From a financial perspective, this calculates into $50,976 in extra medical costs per bedsore patient. Multiply that number by the 1,088,778 patients developing bedsores per year to get the astronomical number of $55,000,000 that is wasted on bedsore care! Shockingly, experts agree that this is a conservative estimate because bedsore patients are required to stay longer for skin grafting and infections. Add to the mix the thousands of other patients that actually die as a result of these bedsores. To their friends and family, the loss of that life is priceless.

The sad part is that based on the numbers presented above, hospitals and nursing homes can save $44,000,000 in health care costs just by preventing bedsores. This money can be used to invest in better technology and enough personnel to provide quality care to patients and long-term residents. That is why insurance companies such as Aetna and Wellpoint now refuse to reimburse medical facilities for the costs associated with bedsore care. And while I do not agree 100% with this policy, (I think it needs to be more of a case by case decision) it”s a start.

What is clear, however, is that families should not face the loss of an otherwise healthy loved one because a billion dollar medical facility would not hire 2 additional nurses to ensure proper staffing. Similarly, beautifully landscaped and manicured nursing homes have no right to medicate patients and leave them alone for hours at a time, only to cry poor when a resident dies from a bedsore infection. The math proves this is not the case and it’s time to use this information to improve the quality of life for hospital and nursing home residents in this country.

For further information on bedsore prevention and filing a lawsuit for nursing home neglect in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, click on the following links below:

New Jersey Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Simple and Cheap Ways to Prevent Bedsores in Nursing Homes

As a New Jersey nursing home abuse lawyer, we bedsore prevention and how some nursing homes are now using a “team” approach to actively fight this problem. My absolute favorite quote from the another Nursing home abuse advocate is “preventing bedsores is a 24/7/365 kind of job.” Duh! Of course it is! The question is why most nursing homes don”t see things from that perspective?

A lawyer who represents cliens with bed sores, pressure ulcers and sees other kinds of nursing home abuse, we are happy when we see some nursing homes and long term care facilities finding “creative, low-tech solutions” being implemented by nursing homes to fight bedsores. Some homes that have developed a simple team approach to keep residents constantly moving to avoid pressure sores:

  1. Laundry workers now make sure resident”s clothes fit properly and are not restricting the skin;
  2. The Kitchen staff has added protein powder in their cookie mix to boost nutrition. They have also changed their food service to buffet rather than sit down dining to encourage residents to keep moving; and
  3. The beauty shop now repositions clients as they are getting their hair done to prevent sitting in one position for too long.

These changes are so simple, yet extremely effective. And they don”t require any extra technology or funding for nursing homes and is a great example of how to use technology to the resident”s advantage. As a New Jersey Nursing home abuse lawyer, we also encourage nursing home to purchase mattresses made with high-density foam to reduce pressure on key areas. They also use special moisture blocking creams on incontinent patients to help reduce prolonged urine contact with the skin.

Again, these are simple, yet effective ways to reduce bedsores in nursing home residents. All they require is a little bit of effort and a little bit of creativity. And while these suggestions may not completely reduce incidents of bedsores, I think families would feel much better knowing that the facility is truly taking an aggressive approach in caring for their loved one.

For further information on bedsores and nursing home abuse, click on the following links:

New Jersey Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Medical Malpractice at Parkland Memorial Hospital Part II

medical malpractice new jersey philadelphia attorneys negligence parkland memorial hospitalJessie Mae Ned was 51 when she decided to undergo a knee replacement at Parkland Memorial Hospital. She had been working at Parkland for 28 years as part of the cleaning staff. Most of her time was spent scrubbing floors and toilets before she attained supervisor status. At 51, arthritis had rendered her left knee useless. Ned’s primary care physician, a doctor at the Parkland employee clinic, referred her to Dr. Frank Gottschalk, a University of Texas Southwestern Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Parkland specialist in joint reconstruction and amputation. The doctor scheduled the procedure for the last Friday of August in 2008.

Medical Malpractice wasn’t even a thought on Jessie Mae Ned’s mind. She was born at Parkland, had been receiving their care most of her adult life, and had only heard good things about Dr. Gottschalk. Unfortunately, nothing went as planned.

Medical Malpractice: Where is My Doctor?

On the day of her surgery, Dr. Christopher Espinoza-Ervin, a second year resident working under Dr. Gottschalk, entered her room and told her he would be performing her procedure. She simply responded “You’re not my doctor,” before the anesthesia kicked in and she was asleep on the operating table. Yes, Jessie knew it was a teaching hospital, but to her understanding, that meant that residents and students could be present for or assist in a procedure, not perform them unsupervised. Her consent form was even ambiguous. It states that it is “anticipated” that Gottschalk would be her surgeon and that “this may change at the time of surgery, depending on the availability of Residents with the necessary competence and training.” The bottom of the form contains a signature line for the surgeon who performed the procedure; no one signed.

Medical Malpractice: Something Isn’t Right

Ned’s surgery began just before 8am and was complete 74 minutes later; old knee out and new knee in. She was released to her recovery room complaining of a “burning sensation” in the knee. A nurse charted “notified MD.” A number of med students, residents, and attending physicians came in and out of her room in the following days, misdiagnosing her condition time and time again, and failing to properly update or mark her chart. Ned told one med student that she could not feel her bottom left leg, flex her ankle, or wiggle her toes. Experts say these symptoms should have been immediately addressed. The student attributed the numbness to the lasting effects of a femoral nerve block. This anesthesia is supposed to wear off 12-18 hours after surgery. The misdiagnosis was made 25 hours after surgery.

Despite complaints of excruciating pain and a swollen and purplish limb, nurses and providers at Parkland did nothing but prescribe more pain meds. “Just push your pain pump,” said one nurse. It was 3 days later, after Ned became delirious, that a vascular surgeon finally deduced that a surgical injury to the artery behind her left knee was causing ischemia (loss of blodd supply) in the lower left leg. Two emergency surgeries were performed to help relieve the swelling and return blood flow to the leg, as well as a number of other procedures to clean wounds and remove tissue damage. She was released.

Medical Malpractice: Infections Rage

November came with an onslaught of life threatening issues. Ned’s leg became infected with staph and strep, and more surgeries followed. One procedure involved sewing antibiotic beads inside her leg. Another planted a tube into her chest that pumped antibiotics throughout her body. A third surgery in March of 2009 removed her artificial knee in hopes that it’s removal would stop the spread of bacteria. This went on for months as Ned’s body tried, unsuccessfully, to fight off the bacteria. Further complications arose when an infection caused uncontrollable vomiting for Jessie Mae Ned. Yet another surgery was required to remove an abdominal hernia that formed because of the vomiting.

Medical Malpractice: More Surgical Errors and Infection

August 2009, almost a year after the first knee replacement, Ned received a second artificial knee, and endured another surgical injury. This time around, it was a ruptured knee tendon. The incision did not heal correctly and infections plagued Ned once again. Ned was hospitalized for 2 months and underwent another 9 surgeries. In December of 2009, doctors told Ned her situation was hopeless. Her leg was amputated in two surgeries later that month. medical malpractice new jersey philadelphia attorneys negligence parkland memorial hospital

Ned’s ordeal with Parkland Memorial is truly heartbreaking. She went in for a simple knee replacement procedure, and a year and 26 surgeries later, she was an amputee. The medical malpractice and negligence that occured inside Parkland Memorial with regard to Ned’s treatment is shocking! Dr. Gottschalk seems to have failed on numerous occasions to see that his patient was receiving the proper care. And what’s even more apalling is that Jessie Mae Ned was one of their own; an employee of the same facility for 28 years. If this is how they treat their own co-workers, how do they treat people they don’t know?

Medical Malpractice Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or a loved one have suffered due to medical malpractice or negligence in New Jersey or Philadelphia, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Our legal team are experienced enough to handle even the toughest of cases. Let us earn you the compensation you need and deserve.

DePuy Hip Implant Removal – Who Pays?

depuy hip implant recall lawyers new jersey philadelphiaMany patients that have had the recalled DePuy ASR hip implant are concerned about the potential health risk posed by the release of medical particles into the blood stream. Even if the DePuy hip implant seems to be in perfect working order, some patients are insisting that their orthopaedic surgeons remove these hip implants before they become sick or experience hip symptoms. However, if a patient is not experiencing medical symptoms, that patient’s health insurance will likely not cover the cost of a DePuy hip implant removal.

I Have a DePuy Hip Implant and I want it Removed Before it Starts Causing Harm – What Can I Do?

Well, you could ask DePuy to pay for the removal of the implant. In fact, under the terms of the recall, DePuy has offered to pay for surgery to remove their hip implants. DePuy is urging patients to contact them directly without a lawyer. However, as a DePuy hip implant lawyer in New Jersey, we strongly advise against patients trying to negotiate with this giant orthopaedic company. The claims representatives who work for DePuy are not on your side, but on the side of the company trying to preserve their money and limit their financial exposure.
As a DePuy hip implant lawyer in New Jersey and Philadelphia, we will bring a claim against DePuy for all compensation to which you are entitled. We will ensure that DePuy fairly and reasonably evaluates your claim for medical testing, medical treatment, second opinions, travel and cost expenses, loss of income while you recuperate, and the pain, suffering, and scarring that will be associated with the surgery required to repair the defective hip implant. Patients insurance carriers will not pay for these claims, but as a DePuy hip implant lawyer in New Jersey, we will see to it that DePuy pays proper and full damages for all the harm it caused to its patients.

NJ and PA DePuy Hip Implant Lawyers

If you have a DePuy hip implant, you really should speak with a DePuy hip implant lawyer in New Jersey or Philadelphia right away. In order to properly pursue the claim, a DePuy hip implant lawyer will ensure that the proper evidence to bring the claim is preserved and then evaluated by appropriate experts. For instance, for anyone having a DePuy hip implant replaced, it is vital to reserve the actual hip implant that is being taken out of your body. In addition, it is also vital to have the proper medical records and documentation establishing the nature and extent of your pain, suffering, and inability to work. A DePuy hip implant lawyer can help you preserve this evidence and make sure you get proper and fair compensation.

Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Let the Mininno Law Office team earn you the compensation you deserve.

Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence: Seek the Help of an Attorney

For many baby boomers, there comes a time when the health issues of mother, father, or other loved one become so advanced that it is impossible to safely and properly care for them anymore. When this happens, the only option may be to place them in a nursing home. Sometimes these stays are for rehabilitation purposes and are temporary. Frequently, however, the stays are permanent. Nursing homes promise that they are equipped to take care of people who are unable to take care of themselves, hence the reason they are in business. They are supposed to provide the care a sick person’s family can no longer provide. And just as families rarely prepare to place their loved one in a nursing home, they also rarely consider what will happen if their loved one suffers an injury as a result of nursing home abuse or negligence.

Nursing Home Negligence Allows for Bedsores

nursing home abuse and negligence attorneys in new jersey and philadelphiaNursing homes frequently allow their residents (our loved ones) to acquire decubitus ulcers, which are more commonly referred to as pressure sores or bedsores. These horrible pressure ulcers are often a result of nursing home neglect regarding the care they provide and preventative methods they employ. High risk bedsore patients (patients who are bedridden) are to be rotated every two hours. Failing to do so is failing to appreciate the risk of skin breakdown for the resident, allowing for the actual development of the bedsores. Even worse, negligent nursing homes that allow for the development of these bedsores commonly fail to properly treat them. It is in these instances that pressure ulcers can become deadly.

Nursing Home Abuse Allows for Falls

Likewise, nursing homes frequently fail to properly assess residents for their risk of falling. There are numerous precautions that a nursing home can take to prevent most falls. Unfortunately, many times these precautions are not taken, and as a result, residents suffer debilitating injuries to hips, shoulders, necks, and heads. Falls and fractures effect the sick and elderly much differently than they do an able bodied younger person. In a negligent nursing home, a hip fracture could be a catalyst for death. As the adult responsible for your loved one, you now find yourself in the position of deciding whether to investigate a nursing home negligence and abuse lawsuit.

Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys in NJ and PA

If you have had to watch your loved one suffer because of nursing home negligence and abuse, do not make the mistake of thinking there is nothing you can do. Nursing homes that act negligently must be punished for their actions. You trusted them to care properly for your family member, and they have taken that money and betrayed your trust. Contact the Mininno Law Office to speak with a New Jersey or Philadelphia nursing home abuse attorney. Through that inquiry form, we offer free case evaluations. We also offer free consultations by phone at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, and (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Let the Mininno Law Office team earn you the compensation you and your loved one deserve.