Wrongful Death in Nursing Homes
Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Fighting for Justice Nationwide
Unexplained or suspicious deaths may occur in a loved one's nursing home. If someone you love died in a nursing home and you have questions about the circumstances surrounding his or her death, contact Pintas & Mullins today. Our nationally respected and trusted Chicago nursing home abuse lawyers are prepared to fight for the justice and the answers your family deserves. We can begin investigating your loved one's case right away, utilizing our 50+ years of collective experience and our multi-firm approach. Traveling to clients throughout the U.S., our firm partners with top litigation firms to create strong and compelling cases on behalf of victims of nursing home abuse and neglect.
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Death in a Nursing Home May Be the Result of Abuse
Signs of nursing home abuse and neglect are not always obvious, and some families may not realize their loved one is being mistreated until it is too late. Sadly, wrongful deaths occur in nursing homes throughout the country when residents are neglected and abused by employees.
This type of behavior can take many forms. Facility employees may be overworked and understaffed as a result of budget cutbacks, or poor decisions may be made by management in order to maximize profits at the expense of resident care. Many nursing homes also fail to perform adequate background checks or fail to properly train all nurses and aids.
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Placing a loved one in a nursing facility is always a difficult decision. When nursing home abuse and neglect occurs, it is devastating to families who place their trust in these professional facilities to provide proper care for vulnerable loved ones in their times of need. A betrayal of this trust is nothing less than a heinous wrong.
A wrongful death in a nursing home may be directly caused by the malicious and intentional actions of a group or individual, or it may be the result of neglect. Negligence cases involve nursing home employees that fail to adequately care for a resident in need, and ultimately cause a death that could have been prevented.
Signs of Abuse in Nursing Home Residents
Wrongful deaths are tied to an array of ailments related to inadequate care. Abuse may take the form of:
- Malnutrition and dehydration, when employees intentionally do not feed residents, or ignore those who need increased care during mealtimes. Malnutrition can result in heart failure and physical degradation that leads to death.
- Infections, if left untreated, can also lead to hospitalization and death. Nursing home residents are often in compromised states of health, and any type of infection can quickly become serious.
- Bedsores may become septic or open wounds may get infected.
- Catheters and breathing tubes may become clogged if residents are not properly monitored.
- Many nursing home residents are on strict medication schedules, and even the slightest deviation can pose an enormous threat to their health and safety.
- Abusive employees sometimes use medication to subdue an unruly resident, which is known as chemical restraint. Over-medicating and wrongly medicating residents are serious and dangerous crimes that have lethal consequences.
- The use of physical restraints is more common than some may think, and contribute to a significant number of wrongful deaths every year.
Signs of Neglect in Nursing Home Residents
Nursing home negligence occurs when staff fails to implement fall and wandering precautions. Residents with dementia or Alzheimer's are extremely vulnerable to wandering and elopement, and negligent employees may not notice their absence until it is too late. Seniors prone to falls require precautionary and secure common areas, which, if improperly maintained, can result in severe head trauma and other fatal injuries.
80% of Deceased Seniors Never Receive an Autopsy
In some cases, the nursing home may attempt to cover up criminal acts. For example, death certificates may list "stroke" as the official cause of death, though the stroke was caused by wrongly medicating the resident. Unfortunately, many nursing home deaths go uninvestigated because of cover-up tactics and families that are unaware of any suspicious behavior. In fact, reports indicate that as many as 80% of deceased seniors never receive an autopsy. Most states allow physicians to sign off on an autopsy without ever seeing the body of the deceased. This troubling fact is the consequence of lack of financial and staffing resources and systematic flaws.
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The fastest and most efficient way to expose negligent and abusive actions in nursing homes is through a senior abuse lawsuit. If a loved one died at the hands of nursing home or assisted living employees, you should not hesitate to pursue the justice he or she deserves. An experienced Chicago nursing home abuse lawyer can explain all of the legal avenues available to you.
Our Illinois-based firm serves clients nationwide. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 774-7120 for a free case evaluation.