Medical malpractice can be dangerous for any patient; however, we know that our older adults may be at greater risk, and the consequences may be more severe. In older adults, a case of medical negligence can cause irreparable damage and illness since the health of the elderly is more delicate and fragile.
Let’s start by defining what medical negligence is. This legal term is used to define an action committed by health personnel intentionally or unintentionally that caused damage to the health and life of a patient.
Now, in the elderly, this can be even riskier since the health complications they may have been much more serious than those of a young and healthy person. Medical negligence in this sector of the population usually occurs in places such as:
- Retirement homes
On occasion, nursing home medical staff may forget to provide medication, negligently treat a resident, or give a drug that is inappropriate for their health. It should be noted that these cases do not only occur when there are medical procedures such as surgical interventions.
Some examples of medical negligence in health facilities are:
- A misproportioned diagnosis
- A mistake in a surgery.
- The carelessness of the nurses
- Wrong dose of a drug
Whatever your case or that of your loved one, having suffered medical negligence, you can start a legal process to claim compensation. Although it does not repair the damage, it may help pay the expenses resulting from this action.
In cases like these, we recommend you have the legal support of a lawyer who can guide you on the subject and the compensation you deserve. At Gharibian Law, we can help you through the entire process and help you get the result you deserve.