When a loved one is taken to a nursing home, it is with the expectation that they will receive the medical care they need. Most patients are assumed to be in a stable condition, and they only meet with a physician once every 30 days.
If they need medical help between their visits, the physician can—and will—visit them, but someone needs to notify the physician of their needs. The physician relies on the nursing staff to let them know if a patient is in need of medical care. However, nurses and aids may not always notice when a patient’s health declines or when they require immediate medical care.
When this happens, the consequences to the patient can be serious, even fatal, and their loved ones are left wondering how such a mistake went unnoticed. At times, the failure to recognize that a patient is in need of medical attention can be a result of a breakdown in communication, and in larger facilities, patients may be overlooked. In addition, nurses and aids may be overworked or worn down by the system. They may be doing what they can to provide for patients, but sometimes that is not enough.
Contact a nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer
At The Javerbaum Wurgaft Nursing Home Group, our attorneys represent families throughout New Jersey whose loved ones have suffered as a result of nurse and physician negligence in nursing homes. Whether the damage was caused by poor communication, laziness, intentional deviance, or understaffing, the responsible party needs to be held accountable and elderly patients are entitled to the monetary compensation needed for them to make a full recovery. Contact us online or call 856-596-4100 to schedule an appointment. We are committed to helping elderly people secure the dignified care they deserve.