Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence

Wrongful Death

In particularly severe cases of nursing home abuse and negligence, an elderly patient or resident may lose his or her life. Wrongful death may result from elder neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse or even emotional abuse in some cases. Elder abuse in any form should not be tolerated. These horrifying acts can tear families apart, cutting short the life of a grandparent, spouse or parent. If you have lost a loved one and you believe that some form of abuse or neglect is to blame, it is important to take action – not just for your loved one's sake but to increase awareness of the dangers of mistreatment in nursing homes so others can be saved from a similar fate.

In addition to facing criminal charges, a perpetrator of nursing home abuse may be held accountable in civil court. As a surviving family member of an elderly patient who wrongfully lost his or her life while in the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility, you may be able to hold the facility legally responsible for their conduct. You may be able to recover financial compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs and other damages or expenses. In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded to further penalize the at-fault party.

When Elder Abuse Leads to the Wrongful Death of an Elderly Patient

A "wrongful death" may be described as loss of life that is directly attributed to the act of another, whether intentional or unintentional. Many wrongful death cases involve negligence, which is characterized by failing to provide proper care or treatment in the circumstances. Intentional conduct that leads to the death of an elderly patient in a nursing home may also be considered a cause of wrongful death. The following types of abuse and neglect may lead to wrongful death:

  • Medication errors;
  • Untreated illnesses or injuries;
  • Improper medical care;
  • Poor supervision;
  • Physical, sexual or emotional abuse;
  • Malnutrition and dehydration;
  • Bedsores;
  • Delayed medical treatment; and
  • Suicide linked to emotional abuse.

You can learn more about the serious dangers of elder abuse, the rights of the elderly and the legal remedies available to you by reviewing the information we have included on this website. You can also use our directory to find local attorneys who handle wrongful death claims related to nursing home negligence and abuse. By answering your questions and addressing your particular concerns, a knowledgeable attorney can provide qualified guidance that will help you make the right choices about your case.

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