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Is nursing home negligence suspicion spreading like an infection?

Finding just the right elder care facility for an aging or disabled parent can be quite the challenge. There may even be a long waiting list once an appropriate facility is chosen. The last thing a Wyoming family needs is to have a loved one harmed by nursing home negligence once he or she is settled into a new residence.

Infections are a major issue in nursing homes. From scabies to potentially dangerous situations that include MRSA or other infections, an adult child may grow concerned if he or she believes his parent's suffering has been caused by negligence. Since infections are common problems in nursing homes, it could prove quite challenging to show that a particular person's illness or injury was directly related to substandard care.

There is a big difference between respiratory infections caused by flu virus outbreaks and urinary or bacterial infections that occur when hygienic or health needs of a patient are left unattended. The latter is what a court would need evidence of if an adult child were to act on a parent's behalf in filing a personal injury claim against one or more parties whose negligence has been deemed responsible for a loved one's suffering. It's very difficult to navigate the justice system without assistance from someone well versed in personal injury and medical malpractice law.

Many Wyoming residents fight to protect their parents' rights by turning to experienced attorneys for help to file legal claims. Many questions would need answered before filing a claim, such as when an infection was first noticed, whether an official medical diagnosis was made and what type of treatment was procured. An investigation into staff members' behavior would likely ensue if a claim was made that nursing home negligence caused a particular injury.

Source: geriatrics.uthscsa.edu, "Infections in Residents of Nursing Homes", Catharina Mathei, Luc Niclaes, Carl Suetens, Beatrice Jans, Frank Buntinx, Accessed on Sept. 25, 2017

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