Ways Nursing Homes Commit Malpractice: Minneapolis Nursing Home Malpractice Attorney Explains

Here are the Ways that Nursing Homes Commit Malpractice in Minnesota


When a nursing home makes a mistake it can lead to serious personal injury and wrongful death.  This is because most residents at a nursing home are actually patients in need of medical care and treatment.  Many elderly, critically injured, or individuals with intense rehabilitation needs require a higher level of care and treatment than their home care providers can provide.  Residents may also be recovering from a serious ailment such as a stroke, heart attack, joint replacement, or other major emergency or surgery.


Thus, when a nursing home makes a mistake in the care and treatment of a patient the results can be disastrous.  This means that patients and their families may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering, medical bills, and future costs associated with the nursing home negligence.  There are many nursing homes in Minnesota, particularly in Minneapolis and St. Paul.  It is important to know some of the most common causes and how to avoid their complications.


Common Causes of Nursing Home Malpractice


There are many common causes of nursing home malpractice in Minnesota, but here are some of the most common ones to be aware of:


1. Medication Errors and Prescription Mistakes – when a nursing home mixes up medications, provides the provide medication, confuses medications between patients, or overdoses a patient, the results can be catastrophic and result in very serious personal injuries.  This could also be for a rehabilitation patient that is prescribed painkillers and suffers an overdose.  Some painkillers derived from opioids can cause very serious brain damage when overdosed.


2. Pressure Sores – Bed sores or pressure sores are a very serious threat to nursing home resident, particularly bedridden patients.  This is because the pressure of the springs or wood against the body which is laying on top of it can cause tissue to atrophy and deteriorate.  This means that the tissue will begin to break down and cause horrific pain and suffering and infection or sepsis.  These are also “never events,” meaning that they should never happen when a patient is properly cared for.  If this happens, it is likely nursing home malpractice.


3. Neglect – Even though we pay significant amounts of money to nursing homes, unfortunately they sometimes neglect a patient.  This could come in the form of required medical care such as wound re-bandaging or medications, or this could come in the form of nutrition or hydration.  Some residents may even be forgotten and left a programs, left outside, or left in their room for days at a time.  This is also a form of nursing home malpractice.


Victims of Minnesota Nursing Home Malpractice May be Entitled to Compensation


If you or a loved one have been the victim of Minnesota nursing home malpractice, please our nursing home malpractice attorney for a FREE consultation to learn what your rights to compensation may be.  There is no cost to schedule an appointment with our malpractice lawyer.  We accept cases throughout Minnesota, including Minneapolis, St. Paul or any other city.  Please call Kuhlman Law, LLC by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn what your rights to compensation you may have.  You may also contact us using our easy and convenient “contact us” box at the bottom of our website.


We also handle cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.  Our Oregon office number is (541) 385-1999.  

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