While seniors are at an increased risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, there is no excuse for a nursing home resident to suffer this type of medical emergency. Nursing homes must provide adequate care to ensure their residents do not suffer preventable injuries. When a resident suffers a heat stroke or related condition because of inadequate care, this may support a nursing home neglect case.
If your loved one suffered a heat stroke or heat exhaustion in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or another similar long-term care facility, you may be able to pursue compensation on their behalf or help them take legal action. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 842-6336. We will review your case for free.
Understanding Heat Stroke & Heat Exhaustion in Nursing Homes
Many seniors are at an increased risk of illness and death from heat exposure. In fact, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into the risks of heat-related deaths in nursing homes shows that the oldest residents and those with the highest care needs are most at risk. This risk may be because:
- They have an underlying chronic or terminal health condition that makes their body less able to adapt to heat.
- They take medications that make them hotter or more likely to become dehydrated.
- They often have little control over their clothing, bed coverings, and other factors.
- They may rely on caregivers to provide them with water and help them stay hydrated.
- They may not be able to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
As a result of these factors, nursing home workers and other caregivers must closely monitor seniors during the summer months. This risk is especially true during extreme temperatures or in facilities without adequate air conditioning or other means for cooling.
If a nursing home resident suffers a heat stroke or other heat-related medical concern because the facility staff fails to provide adequate care, this may support a nursing home abuse and neglect lawsuit. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 842-6336 to learn more.
One of our attorneys will review your loved one’s case for free. We can explain your legal options and help you ensure your loved one is safe and getting the care they need.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Will Fight for the Award Your Loved One Deserves
We believe the residents who live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities deserve better care than many of them receive. If your loved one suffered from heat exhaustion or heat stroke in one of these facilities, we do not want your family to get stuck paying for the related losses and expenses. We believe the long-term care facility and its administrators should pay for the necessary medical care and cover other related losses.
We know how to build a compelling argument for compensation, no matter if we pursue an out-of-court settlement or take your loved one’s case to trial. We will fight on behalf of your aging senior, even when the case is tough. We will not shy away from even the most difficult cases.
Contact Us to Learn More
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm now at (800) 842-6336 to learn more about how we may be able to work together to hold the nursing home liable for their role in failing to prevent your loved one’s heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Recoverable Compensation in a Heat Stroke & Heat Exhaustion Case
When we take legal action on behalf of your loved one, we will pursue an award that compensates them for the losses and expenses they endured because of the nursing home abuse and neglect. These losses and expenses may include:
Medical Care and Related Expenses
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are medical emergencies. If your loved one suffered either of these conditions, they likely required emergency transportation to a hospital, inpatient treatment, and regular follow-up appointments. The cost of this care and any related expenses is recoverable.
Any related expenses you or your loved one paid out of pocket are generally recoverable. We can help you identify and document these expenses and include them in a settlement or case for a court award.
Pain and Suffering Losses
Physical pain and emotional suffering are sometimes the most difficult part of nursing home abuse and neglect to recover from. The emotional scarring and memory of the neglect may haunt your loved one for years to come. We can calculate the value of these noneconomic losses and include them in the award we pursue.
Wrongful Death Awards
If your loved one passed away from a heat stroke while living in a nursing home, you may be able to pursue a court award in a wrongful death case. We can help you understand which family members qualify and the types of losses you can recover based on the laws in your state.
Talk to a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer About Your Heat Stroke & Heat Exhaustion Case Today
If your loved one suffered a heat stroke or heat exhaustion in a nursing home or similar facility, we can review your case for free today. Act now before time runs out. Each state has its own statute of limitations, or deadlines for taking legal action. We can explain how long you may have when we evaluate the strength of your case.
If we believe you have a case for compensation, we will take your case based on contingency. Contingency means your family pays nothing out of pocket. We only collect legal fees if and when we recover a payout on your loved one’s behalf.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 842-6336 to discuss your options and learn more about nursing home abuse and neglect during your free case consultation.