Deciding that it is time to place a loved one in a nursing home is rarely easy. When that time comes, families in Maryland usually do their very best to find the right place for loved ones. But it is hard to really know what goes on behind closed doors. Even facilities that seem safe from the outside could actually be hiding systemic nursing home abuse and neglect.
Veteran's Day recently passed, and Maryland residents were once again honored the sacrifices brave men and women in the armed forces have made to protect the freedoms and liberties that make our nation great. With this in mind, people might be shocked to learn that a Supreme Court ruling prevents veterans from filing medical malpractice claims against the government for conditions suffered as a result of military service. What many consider to be an unfair ruling may soon change because one brave veteran continues to fight for others from his deathbed.
A Maryland man was sent home after complaining of chest pains to his primary care physician only to die a few days later. After six years, his family finally received a settlement in November 2018.
The statistics about strokes are enough to frighten anyone. It is the fifth leading cause of death for Americans and depending on your risk factors, it may be the biggest threat to your life. With one stroke happening every 40 seconds in the U.S., physicians are trained to quickly diagnose and, when time allows, treat the stroke before permanent damage or death occurs. Unfortunately, proper diagnosis does not always happen.
Psychiatry is a highly nuanced field of medicine. When a patient suffers while pursuing psychiatric treatment, it's not always clear whether the doctor has committed medical malpractice-for which there are legal repercussions-or poor doctoring-for which there are none.
Safety missteps at hospitals can lead to serious medical mistakes. This includes things like surgical errors, treatment errors, care errors or medication errors. Such medical errors, in turn, could expose patients to injuries, infections, illnesses or other health complications.
A hospital has come under fire after staff members set a disoriented woman outside dressed only in a hospital gown. The hospital's top executive has issued an apology to the patient and her family and is said to be taking full responsibility for the incident. In Maryland, the hospital president stated that due to hospital negligence, the facility failed to provide the patient basic compassion and humanity.
Many Maryland residents seek the full-time care for a loved one that a nursing facility can provide when care can no longer be provided at home. The decision is usually not made lightly, and the family often considers many facilities before deciding on a home that best meets their loved one's needs. Some forget to check for complaints of negligence or abuse while interviewing potential care sites. Overlooking any claims that have been made against a nursing home facility or its employees or contractors can prove to be painful for the residents, costly for families or even deadly.
Choosing to place a loved one in a nursing home facility at any point in his or her life is difficult for most Maryland families to make the transition. Trusting staff to care for a loved one is very difficult, but nursing homes can often provide a level of care that some families cannot. One family sadly lost their loved one, and they believe it is due to the nursing home injury he suffered.
When suffering from a scary medical issue, many will often opt to take a trip to the emergency room should the issue be severe. Upon meeting with the physician, the patient assumes that the doctor and the hospital staff will do their best to see that proper care is provided, and all tests and procedures will not only lead to a diagnosis, but also a proper treatment plan. Maryland physicians who fail to follow procedure, and observe proper patient care and follow-up, can find themselves in the midst of a medical negligence lawsuit.