Atlanta downtown skyline
Newsweek Leaders in Showcase Personal Injury
Super Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers

Failure to Seek Proper Medical Evaluation in Nursing Homes

As necessary for their overall health and well-being, nursing home residents have the right to proper medical evaluations, including diagnostic tests and referrals to specialists for additional evaluation and treatment when necessary. Without proper medical evaluation and treatment, serious health effects can occur and reduce both the quality and length of a person’s life.

The Importance of Proper Medical Evaluations for Nursing Home Residents

If a nursing home resident has an illness that is overlooked, ignored, or left untreated, the recovery process is likely to take much longer or recovery may not happen at all. Likewise, failing to refer a nursing home resident to a specialist for the right diagnostic testing can result in numerous harmful conditions that can and should be prevented, such as:

  • Loss of quality of life
  • Additional recovery time
  • Increased medical bills
  • Added pain, suffering, and discomfort due to the untreated condition or illness
  • Decline in health during the time when the resident should have been evaluated, tested, or seen by a specialist

Oftentimes, appropriate medical evaluations do not occur because nursing home staffs fail to chart, monitor, assess, and report changes in a resident’s condition. Being inattentive in these duties and failing to recognize symptoms of a health problem constitutes neglect, and the nursing home should be held accountable.

In other cases, nursing home staff may report symptoms they have noticed, but an attending doctor then fails to diagnose the resident properly, and subsequently fails to refer him or her to the appropriate specialist for further evaluation and treatment. An incorrect diagnosis or delayed diagnosis can significantly interfere with the recovery process, or prevent it entirely if the resident experiences a health crises.

Watching for Pain & Other Symptoms of an Undiagnosed Condition

Pain is one of the first signs a nursing home resident’s condition has worsened or a new condition has presented itself. Indicators of pain include rigid posture, facial expressions showing discomfort or sadness, unexplained anger or fear, and crying out suddenly. An unprecedented weight loss or weight gain may also be attributable to a health condition that has gone unnoticed by nursing home staff, such as hyperthyroidism, a reaction to medication, gastrointestinal tract disorders, or dementia.

If you see any sign your loved one needs a medical evaluation, notify nursing home staff immediately. If you do not receive support from the staff, seek assistance from a qualified nursing home malpractice attorney.

Contact the Legal Team at KWFDM for Help after Failure to Obtain Proper Medical Evaluation

Nursing homes are responsible for obtaining proper medical evaluations and treatment for their residents. If your relative or loved one experienced any suffering due to a Georgia nursing home’s failure to seek proper medical evaluation, please contact the legal team at Katz Wright Fleming & Dodson, LLC at 404-460-0101 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced nursing home malpractice lawyers. We represent clients across the state of Georgia, including Atlanta, Macon, Augusta, Rome, and Columbus.

Client Reviews
I was in a head-on collision last year that put me in a wheelchair with a fractured femur. I needed an attorney and my cousin recommended this firm because he had used Briant Mildenhall for his accident. I was glad I called Briant because he always did what he said he would do and kept me informed. We settled with the insurance company and I'm happy with the result. If someone I know needs an attorney, I will tell them to call Briant because he will get the job done. Michael G.
After a head–on collision I had extremely serious injuries to my back and neck, and some internal injuries. I was airlifted to the hospital and started a huge amount of medical expenses accumulating. I hired a lawyer recommended by a friend but I was not satisfied. My cousin told me about this firm so I talked to Briant Mildenhall about handling the case. I was at ease from the get–go. Briant kept me informed all the way through, was always reassuring and did everything he said he would do. He helped us get the money we needed to get the treatment we needed. Briant was fantastic! Ronda W. (Car Accident)
I was in a car accident that was complicated from the start. I looked on the internet and called a few different lawyers but they turned me down after they heard my story. When I called this firm Lyn Dodson asked me to talk to her in person. I met with Lyn and Rob Katz and after hearing my story they were confident I had a case. They vigorously pursued my case and over time we built a trusting relationship. Lyn even took time to help me with the traffic issues and other aspects of the case. They were always on my side and talked to me about the advantages and disadvantages of my options... Robert W. (Car Accident)
After my car accident, I was looking for an attorney and came across the name Katz Wright Fleming & Dodson, LLC. My intuition told me to call. I called in and Briant Mildenhall talked to me. He was very clear and honest about my options. As the case went forward, Briant and the staff at the law office always answered my questions right away. I was very confident in Briant's legal ability. He kept me informed every step of the way. I would recommend Mr. Mildenhall and the firm to anyone who needs an attorney. Antonio J. (Car Accident)
I would recommend the law firm of Katz Wright Fleming & Dodson, LLC. Lyn Dodson was my attorney after my auto accident. I had confidence in her legal abilities and experience. She did a very good job for me. She was always there to answer the many questions I asked. The firm is very professional. Lyn always gave you her undivided attention. The firm, especially Lyn, worked with you like a long time friend. Joe B. (Auto Accident)
I am 100% satisfied. I called Rob the day after the accident. Everything he said that would happen did, every step of the way. He went beyond what we needed him to do. I would definitely use him again and recommend him to anyone who needs a lawyer. Steve H.
Robert Katz isn't your average personal injury lawyer. He has specialized knowledge and experience that the others don't. Timothy W. (Trucking Accident)
I have nothing but good and positive things to say about Rob. One of the unique things about my case was that I was involved in a bicycle accident with another biker. He took an unorthodox case between two bicycle riders and he could see the logic and liability in it. I was very happy with the result. Rodney H. (Bicycle Accident)
We just loved him to death. He acted like he cared about us, not just our case. He kept us posted on everything. He even called us on Sundays to update us. My case involved a rear-end collision where I had herniated disks and I had had a prior back injury. Complicated as it was, we were very happy with the outcome. Kathy H. (Car accident)
Throughout the course of my case, Mr. Katz kept me informed about its status, returned my telephone calls and was very attentive to my needs and concerns. Simply put, he cared not just about my case, but about me. Joseph B.
I was, and still am, extremely satisfied with Rob's work and with the outcome of my case. Rob strives to be there for his clients, and I was no exception...I would happily recommend Rob to anyone who is seeking legal assistance after suffering a severe injury. Joey E.
Contact Us

1 Free Consultation

2 No Obligation

3 150 Years Combined Experience

Complete the contact form or call us at (888) 426-2100 to schedule your free consultation.