• Wrongful Death in Nursing Homes Continues to Be Serious Issue
  • February 14, 2013
  • Law Firm: Rasansky Law Firm - Dallas Office
  • Wrongful death in nursing homes continues to be a serious issue across the nation. There are some common ways in which it tends to occur and, in many cases, these deaths occur because of negligence on the part of the nursing home operator or the staff. There are also deaths that occur because of abuse. These deaths can affect anyone in a nursing home, whether they’re in the nursing home because they need advanced care but are still young people or they are elderly people who need care on an ongoing basis.

    Overmedication

    Overmedication is one of the most frightening ways that wrongful death occurs in nursing homes. Patients are sometimes overmedicated as a way of making them easier to deal with for the staff. In some cases, they may be overmedicated simply because the staff is negligent in their duties and does not properly monitor how much medication the patient is getting. In Illinois, a lawsuit was recently filed over the wrongful death of a young nursing home resident.

    Hazardous Environments

    Hazards that are characteristics of the environment in a nursing home sometimes contribute to deaths that should never have occurred, as well. For instance, a lawsuit was recently filed in Louisiana over the death of a woman who was killed when an unsecured dresser fell on her while she was in bed. A death after a woman plummeted down a staircase that was not properly secured was behind a recent record payout in a lawsuit in Florida.

    Hygiene

    Hygiene or the lack thereof, is sometimes a cause of death and one that is oftentimes a result of negligence. Elderly and ill people who have conditions that make them susceptible to infections are particularly at risk for perishing in this way. Improper hygiene sometimes happens because patients are being abused by being neglected and sometimes it happens because the staff is overworked or simply incompetent.

    Filing a lawsuit over a wrongful death may enable your family to get compensation for the loss of your loved one. It can also help to make up for the money that your family spent on a nursing home that provided no services that did your loved one any good. Talk to an attorney if you’re ready to consider whether filing a lawsuit would be the best move for you and your family. The consultation is generally free.