Nursing Home Malpractice Caused by Negligent Care and Treatment

When Negligent Care and Treatment Caused by Nursing Home Malpractice Causes Injuries to a Resident, It Could be Minneapolis Nursing Home Malpractice


Individuals that are sent to nursing homes instead of adult homes or assisted living facilities are individuals that may need more medical care, treatment, and support.  This is why nursing facilities have registered nurses, physicians, and other healthcare providers.  This means that there will be some medical care and treatment ongoing.  However, this also means that there could be more medically negligent errors occurring which results in nursing home malpractice.  For the last post of nursing home abuse week, the Minneapolis nursing home malpractice lawyer explains how injuries caused by negligent medical procedures can harm residents.


Common Medical Procedures That Nursing Homes Commit Malpractice On Residents


The most important thing to know about a nursing home is that, while they can perform some medical procedures, they cannot perform everything that a hospital does.  This is why any nursing home that attempts to perform procedures that are above what it is supposed to do may be liable for nursing home malpractice.  It is negligent to perform a procedure on a patient that the provider and facility are not equipped, trained, or even licensed to perform.


The next thing you need to know about nursing home malpractice is that some care and treatment mistakes are actually the failure to perform them.  Negligence is an act or omission that is below the standard of care that a reasonably prudent healthcare provider or nursing home would have performed in a similar situation.  Failing to refer a patient to a specialist or to the hospital, not performing pressure sore checks or rotations, or not changing wound bandages could all be medical malpractice due to omissions.


Finally, some types of nursing home malpractice caused by faulty care and treatment could include some the following:


  • Improperly changing bandages;
  • IV errors;
  • Medication errors or prescriptions errors;
  • Improper injections;
  • Failing to clean a wound properly;
  • Not using sterilized equipment;
  • Improperly supporting a resident getting up or sitting down and resulting in a fall;
  • Negligently taking vitals or monitoring a patient;
  • Not documenting procedures or medications;
  • Improperly treating infections or sepsis;
  • Not treating pressure sores properly; and
  • Many other causes.


Liability When a Resident Gets Negligent Nursing Home Care and Treatment


When a nursing home employee fails to competently care for and treat a nursing home resident, it can be nursing home malpractice or medical malpractice.  The employee may be liable to the victim if the employee’s conduct falls below the standard of care.


The nursing home or facility may also be liable for the employee’s negligence.  This is through the principle of respondeat superior, which is a type of vicarious liability imputing the negligence of the employee on the employer.  This grew out of common law, or judge-made law, where the master (employer) would be liable for the negligent acts or omissions of the servant (the employee).  This is a very important principle of law.


Residents of Nursing Home Malpractice Should Call Kuhlman Law, LLC to Learn Their Rights


When a nursing home fails to properly care and treat a loved one, it may be nursing home malpractice.  If you or a loved one have been injured due to the medical malpractice of a healthcare provider such as a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care service professional, call Kuhlman Law, LLC for a FREE consultation by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn what your rights to compensation may be.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough review of your case and advise you whether there may have been a serious medical mistake causing your injury.   There is no risk, and you do not owe us money unless we win your case.


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