Nursing homes are designed to provide comfort and care to those in our society who are most vulnerable: the elderly and the sick. Unfortunately, however, nursing homes often fail to live up to the standard of care they’re designed to deliver and nursing home residents suffer injuries, deterioration in condition, and even death in severe cases. When the negligence of or abuse from a nursing home staff member leads to the wrongful death of a nursing home resident, the victim’s family should not hesitate to contact an aggressive nursing home abuse attorney immediately.
How Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence Can Lead to Wrongful Death
The first thing that is important to note about wrongful death in a nursing home is that nursing home residents are already very frail. To be sure, nursing home residents often have debilitating conditions and diseases, compromised immune systems, and are hardly resilient to sickness and injury. Some causes of wrongful death of a nursing home resident include:
- Assault and abuse. If a nursing home resident is assaulted or abused, either by a nursing home staff member or another resident, their injuries may be severe enough to result in death.
- Malnutrition/dehydration. Malnutrition and dehydration are two problems that affect a large percentage of nursing home residents. The biggest consequence of malnutrition is mortality. If you suspect that your loved one’s death would not have occurred but for a lack of proper nutrition or hydration, you need a lawyer.
- Medication errors. Whether a patient is denied healthcare or medication in an abusive matter or is the victim of a medication error, a wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate. Medication errors often include mixing up medication, dosage errors, and administration errors.
- Bed rail and patient lift strangulation. The rails and patient lifts surrounding nursing home residents’ beds that are meant to prevent injury can actually be a major risk. Nursing home patients have been strangled in bed rails and Hoyer lifts, often when trying to remove themselves from the bed unassisted.
There are a variety of other conditions that have the potential to be fatal as well, such as feeding tube strangulation incidents, bed sores, and more.
Your Rights after the Wrongful Death of a Loved One in a Nursing Home
If you believe that your loved one’s death would not have occurred but for nursing home abuse or negligence, you should consult with an attorney who can help you to understand your options. While nothing can undo the harm that your loved one and your family have suffered, holding the nursing home liable for damages can help to prevent injuries to other residents in the future and provide you with a sense of closure. Our lawyers can assist you in seeking damages for medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, and noneconomic damages.
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