It can be a very tough decision to put a loved one into a nursing home. It is usually the last resort for families who cannot provide care to family members. We expect nursing homes to provide respect and a high level of care so that loved ones can have dignity in their final years.
However, not all nursing homes provide a high level of care. Stories abound of nursing homes that have neglected their patients, who passed away as a result of the poor treatment. It is very easy to prevent premature deaths in nursing homes. Therefore, when it happens, it is important to hold the nursing home accountable for their negligent actions.
There are some common problems that can hasten the deaths of nursing home residents. Improper nutrition and dehydration can worsen existing conditions or cause new ones. If a patient dies from a condition that was caused by malnourishment or dehydration, the nursing home must be held accountable.
Bed sores are very preventable. It’s unusual for bed sores to cause death, but they can be extremely painful and they can cause infections. Many nursing homes try to hide bed sores rather than preventing them and properly treating them. When that occurs, a patient could die from an infection from the sore.
Medication errors are also very common in nursing homes. Nursing homes are often understaffed and the professionals administering or prescribing the medications may be rushed. Patients are often not aware of what they are taking and can receive the wrong medication or dosage.
When a nursing home resident’s death is the result of a negligent or intentional act, his or her family has the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the party responsible. If your loved one’s death was caused by a nursing home’s failure to provide proper care, you should speak with an attorney. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.