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Remedies are available to victims of nursing home neglect

Nursing home facilities are used in a variety of circumstances, including long-term care later in life as well as for rehabilitation after surgery or a serious illness. Nurses and staff at nursing homes, just like at hospitals, have a duty of care to ensure the well-being of patients while in their care at the nursing home whether they are there to recover from an injury or illness or are elderly and likely contemplating a more long-term stay at the facility.

Patients in nursing homes may be in a vulnerable position and they and their family members have likely placed a large amount of trust in the facility and its staff and medical professionals for their own care or the care of a loved one. Unfortunately, concerns and problems can arise including failure of staff to timely report concerns to doctors; medication errors; malnutrition; dehydration; bedsores; falls; wandering away from the facility; physical and emotional abuse; and wrongful death.

It is important for patient safety that nursing homes are held accountable for nursing home errors and medical malpractice. In addition, victims of medical malpractice, including at nursing homes, may face damages including additional medical expenses, funeral expenses pain and suffering and other damages as a result of nursing home neglect and medical malpractice that occurs in nursing homes.

As a result, legal options related to medical malpractice are available to help victims and their families recover compensation for the physical, financial, and emotional damages they suffer. It is essential for families and their loved ones to be familiar with the legal protections available to them when they have suffered harm in a nursing home setting.

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