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Medical malpractice suit possible following patient's death

Family members who are advanced in age often require more medical care than their family members can provide. As a result, families in New Jersey make the decision to place their trust in a long-term medical care facility, such as a nursing home. Unfortunately, one family lost their loved one in an incident at such a facility that could ultimately result in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

The incident happened in 2014. Court records indicate that a 52-year-old employee violated nursing home policy when she attempted to move the 89-year-old victim with a lift without a second person helping her. Unfortunately, the patient fell, striking her head.

Wrongful death case possible following bludgeoning death

Many people in New Jersey are generally familiar with some of the symptoms associated with dementia. People who suffer from the condition can sometimes be unpredictable, including becoming violent at times. However, those who provide care for such people should be familiar with both their patients and the potential for which their condition may present. Unfortunately, the death of a dementia patient in another state may potentially lead to a wrongful death lawsuit.

The victim in the case was an 86-year-old man who was living in the dementia ward of a long term care facility. Police believe that he was killed after his roommate, a 58-year-old man also reportedly suffering from dementia, struck him with a piece of furniture. Although the man was rushed to the hospital, he passed away as a result of injuries suffered in the alleged attack.

$20 million verdict in medical malpractice lawsuit

New parents in New Jersey likely have certain expectations for the days and weeks following the birth of their child. They likely plan to spend days recovering from the delivery as well as getting to know their new son or daughter. Unfortunately for one family in another state, the days after the birth of their new son turned into a nightmare that led to the death of the child's mother; her husband has since been awarded millions in damages due to medical malpractice.

Court papers indicate that the woman experienced 20 hours of labor before having a delivery described as "difficult." Not long after she went home, she reportedly began experiencing nausea, chills, fever and worsening pain. She went to the hospital where she was treated by one of the defendants in the case.

Complications associated with cesarean sections

Anytime you go under the knife, you assume a certain level of risk, and when you give birth via a cesarean section, your baby does, too. Nowadays, reports that more than a quarter of all babies delivered in the United States are born via C-section.

You may have advance notice that you are going to have a C-section due to medical issues or past C-section deliveries. Conversely, you may need to unexpectedly have one because normal labor and delivery do not progress as you and your physicians might like. Regardless of your reasons for giving birth via this method, it is important to familiarize yourself with the process and any potential complications that can arise because of it.

Medical malpractice: Where is justice when crimes are unreported?

There comes a time when many families in New Jersey are tasked with the difficult decision regarding the most appropriate placement of family members who require medical assistance. Many must ultimately decide that they are no longer able to meet their loved one's needs and place them in a nursing home facility. These families believe that these facilities will strive to protect the safety and well-being of their residents; failing that, they believe that the facility will take appropriate action if harm -- including medical malpractice in the form of abuse -- should occur.

Unfortunately, a recent review of records seems to show that, in many cases, nursing homes are not properly reporting incidents of abuse or other crimes as required by law. Federal law requires that incidents involving serious injury are reported to appropriate law enforcement officials within two hours. Otherwise, the facility has up to 24 hours.

Medical malpractice: Facility fined after abuse allegations

People with dementia in New Jersey and across the country often live in a world that caregivers and family members cannot access. Even when those struggling with this disease are coherent, claims of abuse or violence may not be believed due to issues with their memories or the belief that they could simply be hallucinations from the medications they are taking. However, the claims from women in a nursing home in another state may now be believed after a man was convicted of charges related to sexual assault. A medical malpractice lawsuit could potentially follow the verdict.

The case involved a man who worked as a nurse's aide at The Brian Center. A resident claimed that the man, in the guise of assisting her use of the restroom, sexually assaulted her. Reports indicate that some employees were reluctant to contact police about the woman's accusations until a nurse, who has since been terminated by the facility, insisted. An investigation followed, and the man was ultimately arrested, tried and convicted. He is set to spend the next 23 years in prison.

New Jersey law intended to fight nursing home medical malpractice

Many people in New Jersey are sometimes forced to face an unhappy truth -- that they are no longer capable of meeting the medical needs of their aging loved ones. Unfortunately, some people may have concerns about placing their family members in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes due to issues related to medical malpractice, specifically in the form of abuse or neglect. As a result, lawmakers have recently created a law that changes how care providers are expected to report cases of abuse.

Called "Peggy's Law," the law was named after a woman who passed away months after she was injured at a nursing home. While she was treated for broken bones in her face and wrist, the woman's daughter is skeptical of the nursing home's claim that the woman's injuries were caused by a fall. As a result, she lobbied for the law that will ensure cases of abuse are reported to police.

Medical malpractice: Video shows abuse to nursing home resident

Dementia often forces families to make difficult decisions. In many cases, those suffering from such a disease become unable to care for themselves, and family members are often unable to meet their healthcare needs. Thinking it in their loved ones' best interests, many in New Jersey make the decision to place them in nursing home facilities. However, instances of medical malpractice -- in the form of abuse or neglect -- often have families questioning the care provided.

One man in another state is not only questioning the care that his mother received but also a state law that prevents the Department of Health and the care facility from providing him details about the treatment of his mother. In fact, he claims that he did not learn about the alleged abuse until months later. Reports indicate that his mother -- a former emergency room nurse with a tendency to roam thinking that she is at work -- was placed in the facility in January.

Common surgical errors and why they occur

Surgery is a serious procedure. Whether you are getting gastric bypass surgery or getting your appendix remixed, it is a big deal. Everyone gets a little nervous about surgery, but most people have confidence in surgeons to get the job done safely. Unfortunately, sometimes things go wrong. According to a study released by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, there are at least 4,000 surgical errors per year.

If a surgeon makes a serious error that harms you, you might be a victim of medical malpractice. Keep reading to learn about common surgical errors and why they occur.

Wrongful death: Group home administrator faces criminal charges

People in New Jersey and across the country who struggle to provide care for themselves are often placed in assisted living facilities. Employees in these facilities are sometimes tasked with dealing with people who may exhibit challenging behavior -- behavior that is often beyond the control of the patient. Despite this, staff must continue to meet the care needs of all patients in a professional manner. Unfortunately, the administrator of an assisted living facility in another state could potentially face a wrongful death lawsuit after she was arrested and faces multiple charges in connection to the death of a resident.

The incident happened in Jan. 2017. According to reports, staff first learned that there was an issue with the victim when visitors at the facility heard the 85-year-old woman banging on the door of her room. When staff members were finally able to open the locked door, they reportedly found the woman with her head stuck in a nightstand. She was transported to the hospital but died two weeks later.

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