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A wrongful death claim may be filed against a nursing home

Hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices are not the only facilities that could be guilty of medical malpractice. Nursing homes also provide medical services and, as such, are required to meet certain standards of care. When a resident dies due to an accident, abuse or negligence in an Illinois nursing home, a wrongful death claim might be in order.

Many nursing home residents require medication and other medical monitoring. Most nursing homes here in Illinois and around the country do their best to make their residents comfortable and ensure that they receive the care they need and deserve. Nevertheless, the doctors, nurses and other staff are human and, therefore, make mistakes on occasion.

The question is whether the mistake is egregious enough to cause serious injury or death to a resident. Nurses could misread a doctor's orders and give a patient the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of medication to a patient. If a doctor does not thoroughly review a patient's medical records, a medication could be prescribed that could cause a life-threatening drug interaction.

Sometimes, the care given to patients is not up to established medical standards, which could also cost them their lives. Patients who are at risk for falls need to be monitored closely, and if they are not, they could fall and die. The truth is that any number of fatal errors is possible.

If an Illinois resident has lost a loved one in a nursing home and suspects that it may be due to medical malpractice, it would be advisable to seek the advice and assistance of an attorney. A successful wrongful death claim that proves negligence could lead to an award of damages. As an added benefit, it could also help institute reform in the nursing home to ensure that the error is not repeated.

Source: myvalleynews.com, "When Should You Consider Suing a Nursing Home?", Morton J. Grabel, Dec. 29, 2015

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