There may be more than one party you can sue for wrongful death in an assisted living. You can sue the assisted living facility and possibly the caretakers who neglected or abused your elderly family member. Assisted living facilities must properly care for their residents.
Assisted living residents are entitled to a safe environment, free of neglect and abuse. When assisted living staff fail to provide your loved one with the care and attention they need in their vulnerable state, leading to a preventable death, the assisted living facility should be held accountable for their misconduct.
Taking Legal Action
It is difficult to place an ailing loved one in assisted living, but we trust that they will be in good hands with their needs met. It is also painful when we lose a family member to sickness in their old age, but what is unimaginably distressing is the loss of a senior loved one to maltreatment by a facility that is supposed to assist the elderly in any way they need.
A lawyer can perform an investigation into the assisted living facility and collect any evidence that can strengthen your case. Evidence can include pictures, videos, statements from other residents that witnessed caretakers’ harmful behavior, medical expenses, and medical records.
A lawyer can also find out if the facility has previously been under fire for mistreatment of residents. When a family loses a loved one to assisted living abuse, a lawyer’s help can benefit them.
A grieving family does not have to handle a court case alone. It is important to comfort one another at this time and not add more stress to your lives by fighting for justice without legal experience.
A legal professional can offer strong legal representation and handle all communication with the defendants and lawyers on the other side. They will also make sure to organize all necessary documentation and file your wrongful death lawsuit on time.
We do not shy away from tough cases. We want to make sure your family does not suffer further damage from this horrific experience. The defendant(s) should pay for all damages, not you.
Do not wait to file a wrongful death lawsuit as you only have so much time before being barred from doing so.
Types of Abuse in Assisted Living
According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), types of elder abuse include physical, emotional, financial, and sexual abuse, as well as abandonment and neglect.
Physical abuse involves hitting, kicking, and slapping a senior citizen. Examples of emotional abuse include ignoring a resident and yelling at and threatening them. Financial abuse occurs when a caretaker steals money and belongings from a resident or uses their credit cards.
Sexual abuse happens when a caretaker forces a resident to watch or partake in sexual acts. Abandonment is when a senior has been left alone and is no longer being looked after. Lastly, neglect is when assisted living staff fail to meet a resident’s needs, such as physical and social needs, and when employees do not medicate or feed residents.
We can work to identify the types of abuse your loved one suffered that led to their avoidable passing and hold the responsible parties liable. You should consult with a lawyer if an elderly loved one was taken from you too soon.
There is no excuse for abuse and negligence in facilities for fragile seniors. A lawyer can inform you of who you can sue for wrongful death in an assisted living and will fight for justice and fair compensation that your family deserves.
For a free legal consultation, call (800) 794-0444
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Can Take Your Wrongful Death Case
We want to defend your rights and work to end this issue. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we can get started on your case for justice and compensation. No amount of money can bring back a loved one, but it can ease the financial hardship your family is facing and bring closure. Call us today at (800) 794-0444 for a free consultation with a team member.