When you move your loved one into a long-term nursing-care facility, you trust that the facility staff will provide a safe, engaging environment and an adequate level of care. Unfortunately, care delivered to seniors residing in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, or senior-living communities is sometimes negligent and may result in serious injury. The injuries can occur when caregivers fail to appropriately monitor the resident, fail to provide timely and specified care for medical conditions, or fail to have in place adequate fall-prevention measures.
As you can see, medical malpractice can take many forms. The commonality among all nursing-home neglect claims is there must be a violation of the standard of care by the healthcare provider or caregiver, which, in turn, causes serious harm to the resident. This is important because when a caregiver is negligent but does not cause demonstrable harm to the resident, Indiana law pertaining to medical malpractice does not allow a resident to recover damages. It is impossible to list all forms of nursing-home neglect. However, the medical negligence described above is an example of malpractice that might lead to a lawsuit.
If you suspect that your injury or the injury of a loved one is due to nursing-home neglect, consider consulting with attorneys who specialize in nursing-home abuse cases. Pursuing a claim can be a complex and involved process. The attorneys of Langer and Langer have handled all kinds of medical-malpractice cases for residents throughout Indiana. Feel free to contact our offices, if you have further questions about Indiana medical malpractice.