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The Elderly Face Challenges When Victims of Medical Malpractice

By Norman Younker on July 14, 2015


An elderly patient in the hospitalThe attorneys of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC are committed to helping victims of medical negligence and malpractice throughout the Salt Lake City area. When it comes to medical malpractice lawsuits, having skilled attorneys on your side is crucial for successful resolution to your case.

Sadly, there are some who experience difficulty obtaining the legal help that they so desperately need and deserve. The elderly are among that group, and we'd like to explore this matter in more detail.

Elderly Victims Face Numerous Legal Challenges

A number of reports and studies have found that the elderly often face an uphill battle when it comes to finding a skilled attorney. Often times a lawyer will reject their cases rather than fighting for what is right.

Why does this happen? In a number instances, it's because a lawyer may not be able to gain much in term of his or her legal fees simply given the nature of elderly health care and the limited amount of damages that may be sought by elderly clients.

Rest assured that our concern is with the victim of an act of medical negligence, and that we will work tirelessly to ensure that your case reaches a successful resolution.

Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis

In a number of cases, elderly patients may have medical conditions misdiagnosed or experience a delay in the proper diagnosis of a health issue. This could mean an improper or completely missed diagnosis of cancer, or misidentifying a viral infection for a bacterial infection and administering the incorrect treatment. Given the health concerns that people face in advanced age, such mistakes can be life threatening.

Surgical Errors, Mishaps, and Mistakes

In addition to errors with proper diagnosis, surgical errors can also prove to be costly mistakes. When a surgical error is made and the patient being operated on is elderly, this can lead to life-threatening harm. Similarly, issues with the proper dosage of anesthetic can be a major problem for the health and wellness of elderly patients.

Elder Abuse at Medical Facilities and Assisted-Living Homes

Sometimes the issue isn't just with doctors and surgeons. Sometimes there's an issue with the nurses and orderlies who are tasked with caring for the elderly. Instances of elderly abuse occur at hospitals and clinics as well as assisted-living facilities specifically for senior citizens. The types of abuse that may be endured include physical, mental, emotional, and even sexual assault.

This can never be tolerated given how vulnerable our elderly loved ones are and how much they rely on others for care.

Our Attorneys Are Here for You

Given the above matters, we wish to restate that our concern is for the safety and wellness of the victims of medical malpractice and their loved ones. Age has no bearing in our drive for good, ethical medical treatment, and we always strive to ensure that justice is served and negligent medical professionals are held liable for their actions.

Speak with the Medical Malpractice Lawyers of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC

For more information about the challenges that elderly clients face when it comes to medical malpractice lawsuits and how our legal team can help you, be sure to contact our team of medical malpractice lawyers today. The attorneys of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC will be here for you in your time of legal need.

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