No senior wants to be a burden to his or her family in old age. But the truth is, our loved ones may need our help in a variety of scenarios. Nursing home neglect is being reported much more often, and medical malpractice cases are actually quite common. If your older family member suffers harm due to defective medical products, medical malpractice, or nursing home neglect, then it’s important that he or she has proper legal representation to receive well-deserved compensation.
In fact, the annual costs of civil lawsuits to each American citizen is about $809. If your loved one has experienced any of the following, an experienced attorney can ensure the responsible parties are brought to justice and that your loved one obtains the proper financial benefits.
Nursing home neglect
Any type of elder care facility can and should be held legally responsible when a patient or resident sustains harm due to unsanitary conditions, neglect, or abuse. For example, if staff members fail to protect residents from slip and fall accidents — or other predatory residents or employees — the facility could be charged with negligence. If conditions are unsanitary or they fail to provide adequate medical treatment, a case could be brought against them. While proving liability for a nursing home neglect case can be complicated, it’s certainly not impossible. If you suspect your loved one has been neglected or harmed while in a geriatric care facility, talk to a lawyer right away.
Seniors often have moe serious medical conditions and increased interactions with their doctors. Although we’d like to believe every doctor has his or her patients’ best interests at heart, some physicians do fall short in providing the proper standard of care. If you feel a doctor’s decisions or treatments (or lack thereof) directly caused harm to your loved one, you may be able to pursue a medical malpractice case. These cases are typically quite complex and may be more challenging with older individuals in poorer health, but that shouldn’t stop you from at least consulting with an attorney.
Defective medical products
Medical device failure can be especially serious when seniors are involved. A medical device manufacturing defect could pose a significant health risk or could even result in death in an older individual with serious medical issues. Some of the most common defective medical products in recent years include defibrillators (which help patients maintain a normal heart rhythm), stents (which help prevent blockages in arteries), and implants (which help restore function to disabled body parts like hips, knees, and shoulders). These devices were meant to save lives, but if they weren’t made properly or your loved one wasn’t given accurate information from the manufacturer or doctor, their use can result in irreparable damage. If these devices have been defectively designed, manufactured, or marketed, your loved one may have grounds for a product liability claim
If you or someone you know has dealt with one of these issues and has suffered harm as a result, you should consult with an experienced attorney right away. To find out more or to schedule a consultation with our Kentucky attorneys, contact us today.