What should I know about nursing home negligence claims?

PUBLISHED 18 Nov 2015

As a result of Australia's rapidly ageing population, there are a higher percentage of residents living in aged-care facilities, nursing homes and respite centres. In fact,  according to Retirement Living, more than 180,000 Australians call a retirement village home. This figure is only expected to grow in the coming years, putting pressure on carers, doctors and nurses to look after residents and patients in the best way possible.

It then goes without saying that our older generation deserves and requires the same level of medical care as any other Australian citizen. Regardless of their mental state or physical condition, medical professionals need to treat these individuals to the best of their ability and ensure they don't neglect their care.

However, medical negligence in nursing homes and other such facilities does occur and is more common than most people think. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse statistics, 95 per cent of nursing home residents in a study either had been neglected by staff on-site or had seen another resident neglected.

While there are no numbers of these occurrences in Australia, it is fair to say that there is growing potential for medical negligence given the increasing number of residents in these types of facilities across the country.

Examples of medical negligence in a nursing home

It is first important to remember the difference between abuse and neglect. Gerard Malouf Partners can only deal in medical negligence matters rather than issues like bed sores and malnutrition which could count as deliberate abuse.

As such, medical negligence cases in nursing homes could include the following:

  • Medication errors
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Surgical errors
  • Duty of care issues

Residents in aged-care facilities and nursing homes could already be in a significantly worse health condition than the general public. This means that any medical negligence could have serious consequences for their short-term and long-term future.

For other residents and family members, it is then important to pick up on possible negligence and ensure the situation is resolved.

Gerard Malouf & Partners difference

If you believe that someone has or is suffering from medical negligence in an aged-care facility, it is vital to talk to the provider and relevant authorities.
After this point, there could be scope to make a medical negligence claim. This can help to pay for any medical bills and compensate for the pain and suffering experienced by the victim.

For more information about making a medical negligence case, contact our team of compensation lawyers today.

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts, or email your enquiry.