Navigating instances of hospice negligence or mistakes made during end-of-life care can be confusing. Because hospice care is meant for those who are terminally ill and facing the end of their lives, determining causation and other aspects of a medical malpractice case are trickier than usual. Nonetheless, it’s important to understand that hospice negligence may happen, and is something to watch out for if either you or your loved ones are dealing with hospice services.
Palliative care is treatment administered to relieve pains associated with terminal illness as a means to improve a patient’s quality of life towards the end of their life. It may seem counterintuitive that a terminally ill patient could suffer a “wrongful death,” since they are already expected to pass away soon. However, like in any other health care scenario, when medical malpractice caused a patient’s death before the patient would have died absent of the negligence, the health care provider should be held responsible via a wrongful death claim.
Most hospice services must administer some form of medical treatment as part of a patient’s palliative care. Caregivers that fail to uphold their duty of care to their patients can cause them to sustain injuries. This can include medications, further diagnosis (diagnostic monitoring), physical therapy, and more. If a medical practitioner administered any of the medical services with a substandard, incompetent level of care, they are guilty of medical malpractice.
Hospice care services often take care of older patients. Thus, patients and their loved ones should be looking out for elder abuse. Unfortunately, elder abuse is a widespread issue that affects millions of Americans. Elder abuse can be neglect, but also includes the physical, mental, sexual, or financial abuse of an elderly patient.
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