My loved one developed c. difficile in a nursing home- Do I have a claim?


If your loved one developed c. difficile in a nursing home, you may be able to sue the nursing home for neglect. If your claim is successful, then the nursing home will be required to compensate you for medical expenses and for pain and suffering related to your loved one’s c. difficile infection.  C. difficile is a bacterial infection in the colon which most commonly affects elderly people and which can lead to serious, often life-threatening consequences. Nursing home residents are especially at risk due to a number of factors, including antibiotics use, previous illness or surgical procedures, and exposure to infection.

To safeguard residents’ health, nursing home staff should carefully monitor their antibiotics usage, as this is one of the biggest contributors to a c. difficile infection. Accordingly, staff should ensure that residents use the right type of antibiotics, that they take the medicine properly, and that they do not stay on the antibiotics for too long a period of time.

Nursing homes should also promote cleanliness and sanitation throughout their facility and keep residents with weakened immune systems from being exposed to germs. Many people contract c. difficile from another person who already has the bacteria in their body. Even if the bacteria have not yet developed into c. difficile, they can still spread and infect others. With this in mind, caregivers and staff should take extra care to wash their hands, sanitize all nursing home surfaces, and prevent the spread of germs in their facility. By taking these precautions, nursing homes can greatly reduce the risk of residents developing c. difficile.

By law, nursing homes are required to use all reasonable care to protect their residents from disease and infection, which includes c. difficile. A nursing home or assisted living facility which neglects these safety precautions may be responsible for compensating the injured parties, which includes covering the cost of medical and out-of-pocket expenses, as well as pain and suffering.

If your loved one developed c. difficile at a nursing home or assisted living facility, and you are wondering if you have a claim, please feel free to call and speak to one of our experienced Georgia nursing home neglect lawyers today. Our consultations are always free. If you would like more information about this topic, be sure to click on our other videos, or better yet, click the subscribe button to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Thank you.