Nursing homes employ trusted caretakers to care for residents entrusted to the nursing home by their family members. Nursing homes employ nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants and nurses’ aides to provide care for patients. When a loved one has been harmed in a nursing home, it can be devastating. Nursing home negligence and nursing home errors can result in serious and fatal injuries that may be considered wrongful death.
Wrongful death claims are a legal resource available to loved ones and surviving family members of victims wrongfully killed such as from nursing home negligence, neglect or abuse. A wrongful death claim for damages can help surviving family members with the physical, financial and emotional harm caused by the wrongful death of their loved one. Wrongful death claims are brought on behalf of surviving family members and can help them with damages such a funeral expenses, loss of support and services, loss of companionship and pain and suffering damages.
Nursing home negligence, neglect and abuse can include a failure to adequately recognize and appreciate a patient’s symptoms; failure to recognize signs of distress; a failure to properly dispense medication; a failure to give the correct medication; a failure to follow orders provided by a doctor; a failure to properly monitor the patient; a failure to notify or call a doctor; a failure to properly identify and note a change in the patient’s condition; improper use of a medical device; a failure to obtain informed consent; errors in documentation and medical charts; and other errors resulting in life-altering injuries and death.
When a family has suffered the loss of a loved one, or a victim has suffered an injury, because of nursing home negligence, neglect or abuse, valuable legal resources may be available to help them. As a result, it is important that victims and their families understand the legal resources available when their trust in nursing home care has been broken.