Infections are common among nursing home residents who tend to be elderly and infirm. If treated quickly and appropriately, most infections are harmless and clear up within a few days to a week. But an untreated infection can lead to serious health complications and can even be fatal. That is why it is critical for nursing home caregivers to recognize the signs of infections in patients and address them right away. If your loved one suffered from complications because their infection was not treated, an Oklahoma City untreated infections lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help.
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, our Oklahoma City personal injury lawyers go after nursing home caregivers and facilities on behalf of injured residents and their loved ones. We will fight to make sure that the person or persons who caused your loved one harm pay the price for the physical, financial, and emotional damages you and your loved one have suffered. We are so dedicated to the outcome of your case that we never charge you a fee until we win and you get paid.
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Untreated Infections in Nursing Homes Are Dangerous
No one expects residents to remain in perfect health all the time while they are in nursing home care. Because nursing home residents are elderly, frail, infirm, and often have many preexisting health conditions, it is only logical that injuries, illnesses, and complications will occur from time to time. With that said, the job of a nursing home caregiver is to create a safe and healthy environment for residents. If a health issue arises, it is the caregiver’s responsibility to recognize it and respond appropriately, usually by getting the resident medical attention.
Infections are common and can arise for any number of reasons. They happen to children, teens, young adults, middle-aged people, and the elderly. As with most health issues, though, infections tend to be most dangerous in the elderly. At 80 years old, a person’s immune response simply is not what it was at 30, and an untreated infection can quickly escalate into a problem that an elderly body cannot handle.
Some examples of infections that can turn into serious complications in nursing home residents are:
- Bed sores
- Scrapes and cuts
- Open sores
- Bladder or urinary tract infections
- Strep throat
- And much more
Perhaps the biggest danger of an untreated infection is that it can trigger a condition known as sepsis, according to Mayo Clinic. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition resulting not from the infection itself but from the body’s immune response to it.
An out-of-control infection can lead to such a robust response from the body in an attempt to fight it that a person can slip into something called septic shock. Septic shock, if not taken care of quickly, can be fatal, and even if a person survives, they can suffer devastating long-term injuries.
Responsible Parties for Your Loved One’s Untreated Infection
An Oklahoma City untreated infections lawyer at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will investigate your loved one’s nursing home injury and identify the responsible parties. Once we know who they are, we can collect the evidence we need to build a case against them and demand compensation. We will attempt to settle out of court for a fair sum, but if the responsible parties and their insurers do not cooperate, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit and go before a jury.
The responsible parties may include the following and more:
Your Loved One’s Caregiver
Your loved one’s caregiver should have recognized the infection before it developed into such a problem that your loved one suffered major injuries. We will collect evidence to show how they were negligent and did not uphold their duty of care to your loved one.
The Facility Manager
The facility manager likely has vicarious liability for the negligence of the caregivers in their charge. In other words, while it was the caregiver’s duty to notice your loved one’s infection, it was the manager’s duty to make sure the caregiver was doing their job.
The Facility Administration
We may also be able to recover compensation from the facility administration, particularly if they demonstrated lack of quality control in their hiring, screening, and supervising processes.
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Your Compensation for Your Loved One’s Untreated Infections Injury
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will help you and your loved one recover the compensation you deserve for the untreated infection that resulted from nursing home neglect. We can help you recover a settlement or award that includes money for:
- The cost of treating your loved one’s infection
- The cost of mental health counseling or therapy for emotional damage
suffered in the ordeal
- The income you lost while helping your loved one through the situation
- You and your loved one’s pain and suffering
- The cost of transferring your loved one to a safer facility
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The Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations on filing a personal injury lawsuit, as per Oklahoma Codes § 12-95 for nursing home neglect in Oklahoma is typically two years but can vary based on a number of circumstances. We recommend you speak with a lawyer right away if you are interested in hiring representation, as the clock starts ticking on the day of your loved one’s injury, and that might be further back than you realize.
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