When loved ones enter nursing homes or other skilled care facilities in Maryland or elsewhere around the nation, family members expect that a certain standard of treatment will be given. Assistance with daily activities would be provided, along with the medical care associated with a person’s diagnoses. Unfortunately, incidents of neglect or insufficient treatment occur at many facilities of this type. Recently, a physician in another state was found to be negligent of his treatment of a nursing home resident by a jury in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
In 2013, a 79-year-old man broke his hip after falling on the floor of a nursing home. He had been left unattended on the toilet at the time of the fall. According to the lawsuit, the physician had not thoroughly considered the patient’s condition and had failed to create a fall prevention plan. The fall caused injury and disability to the patient that will result in ongoing medical costs.
Court records show that the physician had relied on a negative X-ray rather than direct examination of the patient’s injured area. As a result, the nursing home resident did not receive timely testing and treatment and was unable to regain the mobility he had prior to the fall. The man was awarded over $600,000 by a jury for past and future economic and noneconomic damages. The physician will likely appeal the decision.
If medical malpractice is suspected, families may choose to file a lawsuit against the negligent physician. A Maryland personal injury attorney can provide guidance to those wishing to pursue litigation. A favorable outcome in a lawsuit can provide compensation to help families with medical expenses, ongoing care and other related costs.