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Victim claims home nurses violated standards of care

The hospital, doctor's offices or nursing homes are not the only places where medical malpractice can occur. There are many patients in New Jersey who, instead of spending extended time in a hospital or moving to a residential nursing facility, remain in their own homes while receiving care from nurses. However, these home nurses are not immune from acting negligently, and two out-of-state home assistants have been accused of violating their patient's required standards of care

The victim had suffered a stroke in the past, causing injuries that necessitated the use of in-home health care. Bound to a wheelchair, her home nurses were charged with helping her in and out of a special shower chair. In Jan. 2013, while being assisted out of the shower by two nurses, something went wrong and she fell, seriously injuring one leg. 

According to the medical malpractice lawsuit filed by the victim, the nursing assistants ignored the correct standards for transitioning the woman from her shower chair to her wheelchair. She also blames the company that employed the home nurse. The company allegedly neglected to properly train its employees on the correct way to transfer patients. 

During the fall, the patient suffered multiple fractures and continues to suffer from her injuries. Cited damages include a decrease in her quality of life, pain and suffering, medical bills and permanent disabilities. New Jersey patients who receive medical care at home should be treated with the same standards of care as those who are treated through more traditional, in-patient settings. When a provider fails to meet to those standards, he or she can be held responsible for related injuries and damages through a medical malpractice claim that is successfully navigated to completion.

Source:, "Elderly woman files medical malpractice claim after allegedly fracturing her leg in the shower", Max Schramel, May 7, 2015

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