Death Due to Neglect in Nursing Homes
Nursing Home Abuse & Wrongful Death
Nursing home abuse and neglect can have a devastating impact on a victim’s physical and emotional health. In the most serious cases, mishandled care can even result in death. Under these circumstances, the wrongdoings and failures of nursing homes can make the preventable loss of a loved one all the more difficult.
Although nothing can replace a loved one, victims’ families do have the right to seek justice. At Baron & Budd, our nationally recognized nursing home abuse lawyers are available to help families who wish to hold elder care providers accountable for their abuse and neglect.
If you have questions about the wrongful death of a loved one from nursing home abuse or neglect, contact our firm to discuss your case and rights personally with a lawyer.
Causes of Wrongful Death in Nursing Facilities
Wrongful death in assisted living facilities and nursing homes can be caused by both abuse, neglect and improper care. Death can also be caused by the misconduct of one individual or the combined misconduct / failures of multiple people. Common causes of preventable death in nursing home settings can include:
- Unsanitary conditions leading to infection
- Misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, or inadequate medical treatment
- Medication errors
- Neglect of basic needs
- Physical abuse, including assaults
- Lack of communication among health care providers
Nursing home residents are often in vulnerable states of health, which places them at increased risk of suffering serious or fatal harm when they become victims of abuse and neglect. Even issues that are typically non-fatal can result in tragic consequences for elderly victims.
Understanding Wrongful Death Claims
Wrongful death can describe situations involving death due to the conduct of another. In cases where death could or should have been prevented by a responsible individual or entity, surviving family members – including spouses, children, and others – can file wrongful death claims. These lawsuits can allow wronged families to secure justice and financial compensation, and possibly initiate change to prevent similar wrongdoings from harming others.
Let Our Proven Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys Help
Death due to neglect and abuse in American nursing homes is not uncommon. Fortunately, the law affords certain family members the ability to assert their rights and take legal action against the responsible individuals or facilities involved.
If your loved one’s death was preventable and caused by abuse or neglect while in the care of a nursing home facility, you may have the right to file a wrongful death claim. Our attorneys are available to listen to your story, explain your rights, and discuss how we can fight on your behalf.
To discuss your case with an attorney, contact Baron & Budd today.