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How to Protect Your Loved One from Neglect in a Nursing Home

Published on Oct 18, 2018 at 12:55 pm in nursing home negligence.

When we place the care of our elderly loved ones into the hands of a nursing home, we have to trust that the facility will care for them in ways we cannot. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents do not receive the care they need or are owed. As a result, many seniors end up with preventable injuries, or worse.

If you believe your loved one is being neglected, you can take legal action on their behalf. At McMath Wood P.A., our Little Rock nursing home abuse lawyers are prepared to guide you in the direction towards justice.

You may be uncertain as to whether or not your loved one is being cared for properly. Signs of neglect do not always manifest themselves the way signs of abuse do. This is why it’s important to understand what neglect it, how to recognize it, and what you can do if you’re loved one isn’t being cared for properly.

Pressure Ulcer Healing and Prevention Tips

Published on Oct 9, 2018 at 12:47 pm in nursing home negligence.

Everyone has heard of the term “bedsore”.  Medical care experts refer to bedsores and decubitus ulcers as pressure ulcers.  Pressure ulcer prevention and treatment continue to be huge issues in hospitals and nursing homes.  Many people are aware of the danger of pressure ulcer development in nursing homes, but are not as aware that this is a major concern for patients in hospitals, particularly if they are immobile.  McMath Woods has handled numerous pressure ulcer/bed sore cases, including one against an Arkansas hospital resulting in a jury verdict of 1.5 million dollars.

Hospital pressure ulcer cases are unique as staffing and reporting requirements can differ from nursing home cases.  As our population is aging and life expectancy is increasing, longer acute care hospital stays seem to be occurring.  These longer acute care hospital stays increase the risk for pressure ulcers.  Pressure ulcers have been defined by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) in conjunction with the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) as localized injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear.

Choosing a Nursing Home for a Loved One

Published on Sep 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm in nursing home negligence.

When it comes to making long-term decisions for elderly loved ones, their quality of life and well-being is of the upmost importance.

If you have a family member who may need extended care in the next few years, go ahead and begin educating yourself on the process and researching optional facilities. Being familiar with the options and having a portion of the research complete ahead of time will help reduce the chance of making a poor decision when the need becomes immediate. Your research should include a combination of referrals, state inspection reports, online reviews, scheduled and unscheduled facility tours and personal interviews with individuals utilizing extended care services for their family member. Below are several things to consider during an onsite visit.

Location

Frequent visits from family members help maintain a level of security, as well as the mental and emotional well-being for an elderly resident.  Choose a location that is convenient for family members so that your loved one will be able to enjoy visits from family throughout the week or be transported by relatives to family events. This will help your loved one feel connected to their children, grand-children and great grand-children. If needed, this also allows family members to address any care issues while on site and ensure a happy and healthy resident.

Client Prevails against Hospital in Pressure Ulcer Case

Published on Jul 1, 2014 at 1:38 pm in bedsores, Medical Malpractice, nursing home negligence, pressure ulcers, Uncategorized.

Will Bond and Neil Chamberlin, McMath Woods partners, recently represented a 76 year old gentleman against a Northwest Arkansas hospital. The client had developed a Stage IV pressure ulcer (commonly referred to as a bedsore) on his coccyx during his hospital stay. The hospital denied any negligence. The case was tried to a jury in Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas in May of 2014. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the client for 1.5 million dollars. The hospital has filed a notice of appeal. The pressure ulcer had caused the client significant damages including forcing him to have a colostomy and a procedure to cover the wound on his coccyx commonly referred to as “flap” surgery.

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