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Hidden cameras in nursing home capture medical malpractice

For many in New Jersey, the decision to place a loved one in a long term care facility is a difficult one to make, especially when the patient is nonverbal and unable to communicate about the care he or she receives. Desperate to ensure the safety of their family members, families often choose to mount hidden surveillance cameras to record what happens when they cannot be present. Many families in other states have allegedly discovered treatment that they consider to be medical malpractice.

For example, a concerned daughter in another state claims she mounted a camera in her 94-year-old father's room who is suffering from dementia. Footage allegedly shows a nursing assistant trying to force the man off his bed before sending him falling into a chair, where he hit his head. Another clip shows a nursing assistant pouring mouthwash on his body. A representative for the family claims that the alcohol content in the mouthwash may have contributed to the development of the bedsores that led to the man's death.

Understanding traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury can happen as a result of several types of accidents, especially car crashes and falls. A person who sustains an impact to the head can end up with TBI if any part of the brain is damaged. In the case of a car accident, TBI may occur even without direct impact, as a result of the sudden halt after traveling at a high speed.

In most cases, doctors may suspect TBI when loss of consciousness and some memory loss occurs. In the event of light or moderate TBI, these symptoms may last a short time, to the extent that memory loss can cause the victim to forget he or she passed out briefly.

Premises liability: Several injured following platform collapse

Parents in New Jersey and across the country often enjoy taking their children to businesses that keep them engaged while offering them physical activity. However, when parents make the decision to take their children to these businesses, they do so with the expectation that the structures in the business are safe for all. Unfortunately, a recent platform collapse at a parkour gym located in another state could ultimately result in a premises liability lawsuit.

The incident happened at approximately 8 p.m. on a day in November. According to reports, Several people -- both adults and children -- were gathered on a platform, measuring 10 feet by 30 feet, that was raised 10 feet above the ground. Unfortunately, the platform reportedly collapsed, landing on several people who were underneath.

Medical malpractice alleged re treatment of nursing home patient

The vast majority of health care providers in New Jersey and across the country are dedicated to meeting the needs of their patients. Unfortunately, certain decisions made by the management of medical facilities often prohibit some employees from fulfilling their job-related tasks and could constitute medical malpractice. For example, a recent lawsuit filed in another state indicates that the family of deceased woman believes that a facility's goal of earning a higher profit may have contributed to the woman's death.

The family of the woman claims that her increasing immobility after being admitted to the nursing home left her susceptible for developing pressure sores. Despite this susceptibility, the lawsuit claims that medical staff did not properly respond to her condition. The lawsuit alleges that not only was the woman not properly evaluated, but that staff failed to use pressure-relieving devices and change her position every two hours. Additionally, family members included complaints about hygiene issues, specifically that staff failed to ensure that she was clean of urine and feces.

Medical malpractice: Group accuses nursing home of neglect

Many people in New Jersey and across the country made great sacrifices for their country by joining the military. As they have aged, these veterans are now in need of someone else to take care of them. Unfortunately, several people have issued complaints regarding treatment that may constitute medical malpractice about a nursing home for veterans in another state regarding the quality of care provided to residents.

The group has levied a large range of complaints against the home. One man describes the care his father received there, claiming that at one point his shirt had not been changed in two days and that he suffered four falls while he was there. Another man describes a patient who was not changed for four hours while a woman claims that her husband was injured when another resident clawed his face.

Medical malpractice potential cause of man's death

As parents in New Jersey age, their children and other caregivers are left to make difficult decisions. Once a loved one requires treatment such as a catheter, for example, family members often make the decision to place their loved one in an assisted care facility in which employees are expected to have the necessary training and experience to provide specialized medical treatment. Unfortunately, a woman in another state is now speaking out about the death of her father, which may have been the result of medical malpractice; the facility that treated him has since been cited for neglect that led to his death.

The man died in February after developing a severe urinary tract infection, reportedly as a result of staff's failure to follow orders and hygiene standards related to his catheter. The man's daughter claims that she made complaints about the catheter and staff procedures regarding it the year before his death. She claims that the carpet in his room was constantly wet with urine, presumably because staff spilled when attempting to empty catheter bags; she argues that her suggestion that the bags be emptied in the bathroom were ignored. She also describes one incident in which her father was in excruciating pain, and she discovered that he had not urinated in 17 hours.

Police investigate potential case of medical malpractice

Because many families in New Jersey and across the country sometimes find themselves unable to meet the care needs of their aging loved ones, they often make the difficult decision to place them in a long-term care facility. When doing so, they place a great deal of faith in that facility that workers will provide the appropriate care. Unfortunately, medical malpractice in the form of abuse or neglect often leaves these patients facing additional pain and suffering.

Police in another state are currently investigating Ashton Place, a nursing home. One of the facility's patients was recently sent to the hospital, reportedly suffering from a fever. However, nurses who cared for him at the hospital notified police when they discovered five open wounds on his body in addition to bruising to his stomach.

Medical malpractice: Nursing home loses operating license

Anyone who has worked with dementia patients in New Jersey and other areas of the country is likely aware of the sometimes unique ways in which the disorder presents. Often, caregivers must ensure that additional measures are in place to ensure the safety of these patients. Unfortunately, in a case that could potentially constitute medical malpractice, a nursing home in another state has recently lost its operating license following an incident that ultimately resulted in the death of a dementia patient.

Although several infractions were listed in the state's decision to pull the license, the most serious involved the death of a 77-year-old patient with Alzheimer's. The patient reportedly walked away from the home in August. Approximately a month after she disappeared, her body was discovered in a ditch two miles away from the facility, Woodland Terrace at Oaks Senior Living Community.

Medical malpractice possible cause of woman's death

Medical care workers in New Jersey and across the country have difficult jobs. They are often left to care for those who are no longer able to care for themselves. Those in such a position have a great deal of trust placed in them as they must often serve as an advocate for those who no longer have a voice. Unfortunately, a recently filed lawsuit seems to indicate that medical malpractice in the form of negligence may have played a role in a woman's death.

The woman reportedly died in Feb. 2016. At the time of her death, she was a resident of Granite Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, which is a defendant in a lawsuit stemming from the woman's death. The 76-year-old woman had several medical conditions that required specialized treatment, including paraplegia, Crohn's disease and diabetes.

What to do after suffering injuries in a hit-and-run

New Jersey roadways can be deadly. According to data from the New Jersey State Police, 418 fatal crashes have already occurred in the state in 2017. It is already more than the total number of fatal crashes that took place in 2016. 

Suffering injuries in a car accident is bad enough. It becomes even more stressful when the other driver takes off before the injured party has a chance to acquire any kind of insurance information. There are steps available for people to take who seek compensation. 

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