I went to urgent care after being sick for almost 2 weeks. I told them I have body aches, a fever, bad cough, puking, coughing up a lot of mucus, chills, couldn't eat much at all and I was having a hard time breathing. They said I have bronchitis ...
That is such terrible news. I am so sorry for your loss. My colleagues have provided good points, and I would only add the following:
For every potential legal claim there is a statute of limitations, which means that if you do not file a lawsuit within a certain amount of time, you lose the ability to file a lawsuit forever. In most medical malpractice cases, this is 2 years from the date of when the malpractice occurred or when you should have discovered it occurred (sometimes two separate events). Second, if you went to a hospital affiliated with the urgent care clinic (i.e., owned by the same corporate entity), and depending on what you told the hospital staff about the urgent care visit, the company may have already flagged your case. If anyone from risk management reaches out to you, be sure to document the conversation and be careful how you respond. As already mentioned, medical malpractice cases are highly technical and require attorneys that are familiar with such cases. It would be a good idea to contact one right away to protect your rights.See question
My mother is currently in a nursing home. She has a couple bed sores and keeps tilting over in bed. She is unable to move herself back to a proper sitting position. The nurses do not come in but once a day to reposition her. Is there a state min...
My colleagues have provided great responses to your question, but I wanted to elaborate on some issues they discussed. As stated, a turning and repositioning schedule is integral for residents with mobility issues. Depending on your mother's condition, for example, she may even require more frequent positioning than the standard "every 2 hours." How she is repositioned is critical as well. One of my clients had a bed sore on his coccyx when he arrived at a facility, which required frequent respositioning, but from side-to-side only. While the facility turned my client, they sometimes turned him on his backside, worsening the existing pressure ulcer. Some residents need such constant repositioning that certain speciality beds (which sometimes require insurance pre-approval) are necessary. As you can see, a lot of factors determine what is and is not appropriate turning and repositioning. You should definitely contact an attorney well-versed in nursing home abuse to discuss your concerns. Good luck.See question
In 2011 I had a son as time went on I found his mother to be abusive. I found out she was on probation for child abuse on another child of hers. I started noticing different things and made 4 reports to CPS, and her kids bus driver made one. In ea...
A class action against CPS regarding the agency's failure to protect children would be difficult to pursue because the damages suffered by each child and their family would likely be seen by a judge as too individualized to treat an entire class of individuals in the same manner. The State does, however, anticipate that individual cases brought against CPS will increase substantially this year as a recent report stated the agency experienced a "systemic failure" to investigate as much as 6500 reports of child abuse. The link below gives a quick summary of that task force report and allows you to read the report as well.
In my experience litigating cases against the State with issues of poor foster placement or failure to investigate abuse, the level of cooperativeness can vary depending on the attorney the State uses (in-house or outside counsel) to defend itself against any claims. First make sure your child is safe and then contact an attorney to assist you with any potential claims you or your son may have.See question
How many nurses should work on a shift with 40 patients?
While this may appear to be a simple question, many more factors must be known to provide a reliable response. The short answer is usually 2-3 nurses should be utilized on a given shift to properly care for 40 residents, but the number of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) assisting the nurses is critical as well.
Here are some of the factors that influence what the exact ratio should be: (1) Acuity level of the residents--the "sicker" the residents, the more nurses required (an example of high acuity patients requiring more care are those needing tracheostomy care); (2) whether the "nurses" providing care are RNs or LPNs; and (3) whether the nurses providing care are dedicated to a particular unit at the facility or are they "floaters" that have no baseline knowledge of the residents' conditions. There are other factors as well.
Ultimately, understaffing is a very common problem at nursing home facilities and some facilities go to great lengths to conceal the true extent of their understaffing. If you feel a family member or friend may suffering abuse or neglect as a result of understaffing or other issues, I would strongly advise you contact an attorney specializing in nurse home abuse.See question
I have POA/ durable general POA (covers all medical and business). The nursing home Doctor has put my Mother on Olanzapine, which has a Black Label Warning. It's not to be given to the elderly who has dementia and who have had a stroke before. Whi...
There are a few issues here, but as my fellow colleagues stated, the two immediate concerns are finding a different facility for your mother and contacting an attorney who specializes in nursing home abuse and neglect.
First, regarding the doctor's prescriptions, there are limits to what a physician can and cannot do for a patient when the patient has a POA who instructs the physician NOT to administer a particular medication. The answer in your situation depends on additional facts, such as the current mental capacity of your mother (how severe is her dementia?) as well as a detailed history of her physical health and medications. The analysis can vary by state, too.
Second, based on the facts you presented regarding the pressure sore, there is no excuse for you, as the POA, not to have been notified of the specifics of the sore as soon as the nursing staff identified it or shortly thereafter. Even if it began as a mild wound, there is no justification that it progressed to a Stage III without you knowing the specifics.
Third, as you are not getting responses from the nursing home about the wound, you should speak to the Director of Nursing and the Administrator about your concerns. You may even want to contact your state's relevant agency and make a complaint.
Of course, there are a lot of competing considerations that come into play in this situation, so it is critical you speak to an attorney for a professional analysis before embarking on a course of action.See question