According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 1.3 million seniors resided in a nursing home in 2015. The number is increasing every year, and our nation’s families count on nursing home facilities to provide a safe, nurturing place for our loved ones. Unfortunately, abuse often occurs in nursing homes, but the lawyers at Cardaro & Peek are committed to holding negligent facilities accountable.
Common Forms of Nursing Home Malpractice
Many families choose to move their elderly loved ones to a nursing home because they are unable to care for their specific medical needs at home. One of the primary services provided by nursing facilities is medical care, including medical monitoring and treatments. Common forms of nursing home medical malpractice include:
— Unsanitary conditions
— Poorly trained medical staff
— Prescription drug errors
— Failing to call a doctor to address a resident’s complaints
— Dehydration or malnourishment
The Standard of Care
Nursing homes must adhere to a standard of medical care when treating all residents in a nursing home facility. When a nursing home fails to meet that standard, residents could sustain serious injuries or even death. To succeed in a medical malpractice claim concerning a nursing home, a patient must suffer injury or death that was caused by the nursing home’s failure to use the standard of care that is required by nursing homes in a similar circumstance.
The Statute of Limitations
If you are filing a nursing home malpractice claim on behalf of yourself or a loved one, it’s important to adhere to the statute of limitations. Generally, a patient is required to file a medical malpractice claim in civil court within five years from the date of the injury or within three years from when the injury was discovered, whichever is earlier. If you do not file your medical malpractice lawsuit within the time limit, you lose your right to take action and receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today
Do you believe that you or your loved one has suffered as a result of medical malpractice or medical neglect? You need to talk to an experienced team of local lawyers today.
The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.