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Loved ones are placed in nursing homes towards the end of their lives, but that doesn’t make their deaths any easier. A nursing home death can become even more tragic when you start to realize the nursing home’s neglect or abuse may have caused it. Luckily, each state has its own laws related to nursing home deaths so you can pursue legal action if you believe your loved one suffered a wrongful death.
You should always look for signs of abuse when you visit your loved one in the nursing home, but if it’s too late, speak to a personal injury attorney to discuss the details of your loved one’s death.
There are various signs of physical abuse you should look for while your loved one is still alive. Some signs that could indicate your loved one was being mistreated by someone at the nursing home include bruises, cuts, bedsores, broken bones, or fractures. The moment you notice any of these signs, you should report them right away and speak with an attorney to discuss legal action.
But, many families do not get the opportunity to protect their loved ones before it is too late. Physical abuse can easily become violent, leading to serious injuries and in some cases, death. Neglect can cause your loved one’s health to slowly deteriorate over time, eventually leading to death. If you can stop physical abuse before it reaches this point, you may be saving your loved one’s life.
In some cases, you may be able to file a wrongful death case against the nursing home that was responsible for taking care of your loved one. Nursing homes have an obligation to follow safety protocols to ensure every resident is living in a hazard-free home. But, if the nursing home fails to implement these safety policies and your loved one suffers a fatal injury as a result, the nursing home may be liable in a wrongful death case. The same can be said if it is proven the nursing home staff did not properly treat your loved one while he or she was a resident. For example, if your loved one had bedsores at the time of his or her passing, this could be a sign of neglect and reason to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
During the investigation, officials may discover the nursing home failed to report abuse or put proper safety procedures in place. If this is the case, the nursing home may also face fraud charges on top of the wrongful death lawsuit.
After a loved one passes away in a nursing home, you may be left with a lot of questions. What caused your loved one’s death? Could it have been prevented? Was anyone to blame? These are all legitimate questions that need to be clearly answered by the nursing home. If you believe your loved one’s death was in any way related to abuse or neglect at a nursing home, speak to an attorney right away.
The knowledgeable attorneys at Shegerian Conniff can help you investigate the suspicions you might have about your loved one’s death. Contact us today to schedule a free legal consultation.