London Medical Malpractice & Nursing Home Negligence Attorney
If an accident happens because another driver was speeding or distracted, or a store owner neglected to clean up a spill, we might be angry and hurt, even outraged, but the fact that an accident occurred is not all that surprising or unimaginable. On the other hand, when we put lives and health in the hands of a medical professional, or we place our elderly loved ones in the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility, the last thing we expect is for ourselves or our family members to be harmed in the process.
These kinds of injuries might be unimaginable, but they happen with alarming frequency. They are also some of the more complex and challenging cases to bring and prove. At the Cessna & George Law Firm, our London personal injury attorneys work tirelessly to help injury victims and their families recover significant compensation due to them because of another’s negligence or misconduct, and we fight to hold the responsible parties accountable to the people they hurt.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice or nursing home negligence in London or Southeast Kentucky, call the Cessna & George Law Firm for a no-cost, confidential consultation. Our London medical malpractice & nursing home negligence attorneys work to find out what happened and see that justice is done.
Doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, pharmacists and other medical professionals are all expected to perform according to the standard of a similarly trained health care professional in the same field in their community. Falling below that standard is malpractice, and doctors and hospitals can be liable for injuries that result from that medical negligence.
Medical malpractice cases can be challenging to pursue and win. Most cases require expert testimony from a qualified medical expert witness who can testify that the doctor failed to perform according to the appropriate standard and that the doctor’s medical mistake is the cause of the injury. The defendant doctor or hospital and their insurance company will have their own expert saying that the opposite is true and no malpractice occurred. If the case goes to trial, a jury has to decide which expert is telling the truth.
The London medical malpractice attorneys at the Cessna & George Law Firm have lots of experience trying and successfully winning cases. Our lawyers understand how to build a compelling case proving the doctor’s medical error and the damages caused and presenting those facts persuasively to an insurance company, judge or jury. Call our office if you think that you or a family member may have been harmed by a medical mistake. Medical malpractice cases we handle include:
- Surgery Errors
- Birth Injuries
- Medication Errors
- Nursing Errors
- Anesthesia Mistakes
- Pharmaceutical Negligence
- Hospital-Acquired Infections
- and more
Kentucky has a very short one-year statute of limitations, or deadline, to file a claim or lawsuit, so be sure and contact us as soon as possible after you discover an injury that may have been caused by malpractice. Determining when the statute of limitations clock runs in a given case is not always a simple question to answer, so call us even if it has been more than a year since the incident. We’ll look at the facts to determine if you might have a case, and we won’t charge you to give you our opinion.
Nursing Home Negligence
A quick search of nursing homes in the London area rated by Medicare for quality based on health inspections, staffing, and quality of care reveals a range of facilities from one star to five stars. Even when you think you’ve found the best place to care for your loved one, high staffing turnover and changes in ownership and management frequently occur. Nursing staff who are overworked or do not receive adequate training and supervision can make mistakes or neglect residents, injuring them or not providing proper care. Common signs of nursing home negligence include:
Bedsores or pressure ulcers happen when people are left immobile for long periods, whether sitting in a chair or lying in bed. Proper medical care requires making sure inactive patients are moved every few hours. When bedsores are allowed to form and left untreated, they can create significant injuries and infections that can even be fatal. Bedsores should not be present at all in a patient who is being adequately looked after.
Cuts and bruises
Patients who are neglected can fall and get hurt. Nursing home residents need to be provided with supervision and support according to their medical needs and should not be left to get out of bed, out of a chair or walk down the hallway unassisted or without support when called for.
Nursing home staff sometimes overmedicate residents, not for therapeutic reasons but simply to make the staff members’ jobs easier. This isn’t good for patients’ health, and it isn’t legal either. Signs of overmedication include seeming dull and listless. Symptoms such as disorientation or confusion can come from overmedication and can also be signs of neglect due to dehydration or malnutrition.
Symmetrical bruising on both sides of the body
These can be signs that a resident was too forcefully grabbed or physically restrained. Neither physical nor chemical restraints should be used except pursuant to doctor’s orders, but they are sometimes used as punishment in an abusive manner.
Get Help With Medical Malpractice Claims and Nursing Home Negligence in London
If you or a loved one has been harmed by medical malpractice in London or Southeast Kentucky, call the Cessna & George Law Firm at 606-770-5400 for a free consultation. Let us help you get the care and compensation you need and deserve after being harmed by another’s negligence or incompetence.