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Medical negligence happens in hospitals -- and in nursing homes

Whether it's getting you the medications you need or making sure you are treated kindly, it's important that nurses and doctors do what they need to do to keep you safe and comfortable. Even if you're not in a hospital, there's still a risk of medical errors that could cause you harm. For example, if you live in a nursing home or are at a rehabilitation center, you could face struggles as a result of a negligent or lazy staff.

No matter where you suffer an injury, it's your right to pursue a claim if you've been hurt by someone else's negligence or errors. For instance, if someone doesn't use the right lifting technique and you fall, you could pursue a claim for any injuries you suffer as a result. Here are a few other things to keep in mind about potential negligent injuries.

1. Nurses have to keep on schedule and monitor medications

There's no excuse for finding out that you missed a medication today because a nurse didn't make his or her rounds. There's no excuse for receiving the wrong medications at the wrong times or even for a nurse leaving the medication where you can get it without watching you take it. It's a nurse's job to make sure you take the right medication right on time.

2. Proper techniques are necessary to help patients

No nurses aide or nurse should go into a patient's room unprepared to help him or her up safely. Whether it's lifting the patient from the bed into a wheelchair or helping him or her balance to begin walking, proper techniques help prevent accidents.

3. Call buttons are there for a reason

If patients press a call button, it's vital that nurses respond. They get busy, but addressing a problem as quickly as possible helps patients stay comfortable while also keeping the staff informed about his or her condition.

These are a few things to keep in mind about what nurses should do and what could go wrong in any medical setting. If you're struggling with the staff, make sure you speak up soon.

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