Healthcare professionals join the medical field to help their patients. For those who work in nursing homes, it can be difficult if they are accused of injuring their patient in this setting.
There are several common nursing home personal injury claims that they may face.
They may be accused of negligence, meaning that they failed to provide adequate supervision that led to a fall or accident, or they failed to prevent bedsores or infections.
Unfortunately, claims of physical, emotional or sexual abuse are common in nursing homes as well. Professionals may be accused of errors in prescribing, administering or monitoring medication and that it led to an injury or complication.
Nursing home residents may also be at a higher risk for falls due to a medical condition but may state that they fell because of inadequate safety measures or a failure to provide physical support measures.
There are several defenses that may be available to healthcare professionals. They may be able to prove that they took measures to prevent injuries and harm, that they were properly trained and follow industry standards.
They may also be able to demonstrate that if the claimant had an injury, it was not caused by negligence or wrongdoing on the healthcare professional’s part.
If the claim was filed after the statute of limitations expired, that may also be a defense. The statute of limitations is the timeframe within which the claim must be filed and if it is not, the healthcare professional can ask for the claim to be dismissed.
These are only some examples of defenses that may be available.