The decision to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home isn’t an easy one. At a certain point, however, it’s the right thing to do. By staying involved in your loved one’s life, you can minimize the risk of nursing home abuse and neglect. With the holiday season rapidly approaching, it’s the perfect time to revisit a few key things to look for when placing a loved one in a nursing home. It’s also a good time to be especially mindful of signs of nursing home negligence.

Finding the Right Facility

Regardless of the time of year, it’s crucial to take your time while looking for a nursing home for your loved one. By being aware of the signs of elder abuse and neglect, you will have an easier time placing your relative in a safe and pleasant facility.

Visit several nursing homes. Pay attention to the demeanor of the residents. When you see an employee, make a point of saying hello. How are you treated? Are the employees courteous and friendly, or do they basically give you the cold shoulder? Try to speak to at least a few residents as well. Do they seem happy? If a resident’s relative is present, speak to her as well. Is she happy with how her loved one is being treated? Pay attention to the quality of the facilities too. Are they maintained well? Are they neat and clean? If not, it’s probably not the facility for your loved one.

Know the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

You’re sure to visit your loved one even more frequently during the holidays. While doing so, be on the lookout for common signs of abuse and neglect. If your loved one seems withdrawn, unusually quiet or depressed, something could be wrong. If your loved one has been suffering from poor hygiene or seems to have trouble with his medications, he may not be receiving the care he deserves. How does your loved one respond to employees at the facility? If he seems wary or nervous, it might be because he is not being treated well.

Ensure the Ongoing Proper Treatment of Your Loved One

The best way to ensure the ongoing proper treatment of your loved one is by visiting him regularly. By being involved, you will be able to advocate for your loved one more effectively. Get to know an administrator at the facility and ask to be kept in the loop about changes in personnel, roommates and other situations.

Fight Back Against Nursing Home Negligence

If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected, you need to act quickly. With the help of an experienced and competent elder abuse lawyer, you will be able to bring an Arkansas nursing home lawsuit against the facility. In many cases, this is the only way to give abused nursing home residents a voice. Fortunately, getting started is easy. Just contact Law Offices of Gary Green by phone at 1-888-442-7947 or by email. Your loved one may be entitled to compensation, and the professionals at Law Offices of Gary Green will work to ensure that the negligent parties are held responsible.

Friday, 21 May 2010 22:30

Medical Negligence

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Medical negligence cases are complex and challenging. Their difficulty is increased by the fact that most medical professionals refuse to testify against a colleague. So, the cost and risks associated with these cases are high.

The time limit imposed by law for filing a case is called the law’s statute of limitation. Medical cases statues of limitations are usually shorter than most others. For example, the statute of limitation for a tort case in Arkansas is 3 years, while the statute of limitation for a medical negligence case is 2 years. The statute of limitation for a medical negligence case in Missouri and Oklahoma is 2 years but only 1 year in Tennessee. However, there are varying exceptions for minors for all statues of limitations.

Dystocia

A shoulder dystocia occurs when, after delivery of the fetal head, the baby’s shoulder gets stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone. It has the potential for causing significant, lifelong injury to the baby.

Possible Complications of Dystocia:

Brachial plexus (BRAY-key-el PLEK-sis) injury is the classic injury. If this network of nerves under the neck is damaged, weakness and partial or total paralysis of the affected arm may occur.

Fetal asphyxia (lack of oxygen) is the most feared complication of dystocia. Cerebral palsy and fetal death are rare, but not unknown. During a dystocia delivery, the baby’s head emerges from the mother, and the umbilical cord becomes tightly compressed between its body and the mother’s birth canal. This decreases or totally cuts off blood flow to the infant. If the pressure on the cord is not rapidly relieved, decreased delivery of oxygen to the baby will occur.

The mother, too, is at some risk when shoulder dystocia occurs. The most common complications she may suffer are excessive blood loss and vaginal lacerations. Uterine rupture has also been reported.

Most Common Risk Factors for Dystocia

• Birthweight greater than 8.8 lbs

• Maternal diabetes

• Previous dystocia

• Being past-due

There are two main signs that a shoulder dystocia is present:

• The body does not emerge with standard moderate traction and maternal pushing after delivery of the baby’s head.

• The “turtle sign”: baby’s head suddenly retracts back after it emerges, resembling a turtle pulling its head back into its shell.

Shoulder dystocia cannot be predicted with any degree of accuracy; it cannot be prevented. So, how can your obstetrician treat dystocia when it occurs?

The general consensus is that the best results in resolving shoulder dystocias are obtained when an obstetrician:

(1) Recognizes the shoulder dystocia

(2) Calls for help

(3) Knows the different maneuvers involved in attempting to resolve shoulder dystocia

(4) Implements them in a carefully controlled, calm, and organized fashion.

Because shoulder dystocia is a true obstetrical emergency, its occurrence requires a rapid and well-coordinated plan. In the presence of one or more risk factors, a pre-partum discussion of the risks and benefits of cesarean section should be discussed due the unpredictable nature of the occurrence of a dystocia.

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If you suspect that you or a loved one is the victim of medical negligence or medical malpractice, call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.