Many people in aged care facilities or nursing homes have complex health issues – known as comorbidities- and require high level nursing care and medical support. Our health lawyers are running an increasing number of cases for residents or their families for residential aged care negligence.
Many nursing homes do not have adequate qualified medical and nursing staff or staff are overworked.
When medical issues are not identified or treated in a timely manner, avoidable suffering and death can occur. Common examples of residential aged care negligence include:
- incorrect or prolonged use of anti-psychotic medication or other chemical restraint
- inappropriate physical restraint causing harm or injury
- medication errors
- failure to treat wounds and infections
- failure to identify and treat extreme, Grade 4, pressure sores (bed sores)
- failure to identify and treat sepsis
- failure to prevent falls or to properly treat patients who have fallen over
- failure to monitor blood sugar levels and treat diabetes appropriately
- assaults of residents by staff
- neglect from malnutrition or dehydration
You can also lodge a complaint with the national aged care regulator – the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (ACQSC) about residential aged care negligence. You can do this direct or we can help you make a complaint or lodge one on your behalf.
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