Why Does Mississippi Nursing Home Neglect Still Happen?Mississippi Legal News
Not everyone realizes how serious the consequences can be for neglected nursing home residents. Some of the most extreme cases of neglect have led to infections, detrimental living standards, and death to nursing home residents. With advances in technology and healthcare each year, this leaves many families wondering why nursing home neglect still happens. If you lost a loved one to nursing home neglect, then feel free to consult with a Mississippi Medical Malpractice Lawyer who can help you take action with a Mississippi medical malpractice claim.
Understaffing and Mississippi Nursing Home Neglect
One of the most common causes of Mississippi nursing home neglect is understaffing. Understaffed nursing homes tend to have higher rates of nursing home abuse and neglect. Fewer nurses mean longer work hours, more night shifts, and nurses who are prone to mistakes. This also puts more pressure on nurses who end up performing double the tasks any normal nurse would perform.
A major consequence of nurses taking on more tasks than plausible is less time available for nursing home residents. If a nurse is so busy doing multiple things at once, there is a higher possibility of that nurse being unable to spread that time equally amongst every nursing home resident. This opens up the possibility of forgetting about patients and not having time to tend to every resident, which leads to neglect.
While neglect is an indirect form of abuse, the results of neglect are still traumatic. Some nursing home residents require daily care to live. All it takes is one busy day at an understaffed nursing home to forget or not have time to feed or help a patient who is in need of emergency medical attention. This means elderly residents who fall and suffer from Mississippi brain trauma may not receive help in a timely manner.
Your Legal Options for Mississippi Nursing Home Neglect
Every nursing home is expected to uphold the standards of care set out by the medical field. Nurses are obligated to protect nursing home residents from harm and to not harm them. Part of protecting residents from harm is not abandoning them, which can happen with neglect.
A Mississippi medical malpractice claim can be filed when this standard of care is breached by a medical professional who has a professional relationship and thus a duty owed to the patient. This can usually be proven with medical documents showing the admission of the resident into the nursing home. Proving neglect may be more difficult depending on what happened.
Lastly, you will need to prove the damages your loved one suffered along with what caused those damages. Damages in neglect cases may include personal injuries, pain and suffering, and financial losses.
Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Mississippi
Losing a loved one to nursing home neglect can be one of the hardest things to go through. Contact the Germany Law Firm, PLLC at (607) 487-0555 to talk to a Jackson Medical Malpractice Attorney for a consultation today. Our legal team of Mississippi medical malpractice lawyers might be able to help you attain compensation for your loved one’s medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.