Placing your loved one in a nursing home is not an enviable task. Nursing homes are notorious for their poor, substandard care of their patients, and handing your family member over to inattentive caretakers is disconcerting, at best. Nursing homes know their reputation in the public eye; they know that decades of poor care has resulted in mistrust and skepticism. This view has spilled over into the courtrooms, where jurors have routinely held nursing homes accountable for the deaths and/or mistreatment of patients to the tune of millions of dollars for each grieving family member.
6 Signs That Your Loved One Needs a Better Nursing Home
According to the International Journal of Epidemiology, the elderly population ages 85 and above will increase by nearly 350 percent in America by 2050. This statistic holds dramatic implications for nursing home care throughout the country.
If your loved one already lives in a long-term care facility or nursing home, you may already know about the facility’s challenges. For one thing, many nursing homes are short staffed—a problem that will only grow in coming years. Unfortunately, staffing pressures sometimes lead to neglect and elder abuse in some cases.
Plan Ahead to Protect Yourself and Your Baby from Birth Injuries
The months of pregnancy before your child’s birth bring excitement and anticipation. As a new parent, you look forward to welcoming a new baby into your life, and you want to do everything you can to prepare for his or her arrival. You research child care, baby-proof your home, and take extra precaution when you exercise and eat. You do these things to ensure the optimal health of your child.
However, even if you do everything you can to prepare for the birth and maintain your baby’s health, there are always risks involved with the birthing process. And while you hope for the best outcome for a happy, healthy baby, you also need to prepare in case of a medical emergency or negligence on the part of your doctor.
A doctor should act as a trusted confidant and assistant. At times, however, health care professionals make errors that result in permanent injuries or death.
To avoid these mishaps, communicate directly with your doctor. When you and your physician work together to discuss symptoms and treatments, you both help avoid potential medical malpractice. Read the suggestions below to see how you can improve your communication with your healthcare provider before, during, and after your checkup or procedure. For more information, click here.
Snyder & Wenner’s $3.2 million verdict against the Phoenix VA Hospital was again profiled on ABC15 last night. The story follows up on the previous story ABC15 had done prior to the trial, which exposed the VA’s negligent treatment of Jacob Amrani.
The story points out that Snyder & Wenner’s verdict is one of the highest against the VA in recent history. Attorneys David Wenner, Brian Snyder, and Howard Snyder litigated the case against the U.S. government for approximately 3 years, culminating in a 2 week trial in Federal Court in February 2015. Over the last 32 years, Snyder & Wenner has built a reputation of excellence in medical malpractice cases. They hired top experts from throughout the country to inform the Federal Judge of what happened, why it happened, and how it could have been easily avoided had the VA used reasonable care in treating Dr. Amrani. The collective testimony of these experts proved to a reasonable degree of medical and scientific certainty that the VA doctor was negligent, and that he caused Dr. Amrani’s permanent, severe injury. When asked for comment on the case, attorney David Wenner stated, “As patient safety advocates, we were honored to represent Dr. Amrani in this case. The government fought us tooth and nail every step of the way, so we are beyond thrilled that the judge vindicated Dr. Amrani and held the VA responsible for his negligent conduct. No amount of money will ever get Dr. Amrani back to his pre-injury self, but we are very proud that our hard work paid off for Dr. Amrani and for our community. We hope that this case will be the start of a positive change in how veterans are treated in our country.”