A study published in the Journal of Aging and Health
found that the nature of the nursing home where your loved one lives may impact how long they live once they enter the facility.
According to the journal, PLOS One, the median survival rate within a nursing home facility is 2.2 years when it comes to mortality in nursing home residents.
Regardless of your loved one’s health status when they first enter a nursing home, the sort of care they receive as a resident—as well as other environmental factors in the home—may dictate their quality and length of life.
If your loved one died in a nursing home, and you suspect that they did not receive quality care during their time in the facility, then you may have grounds to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free consultation.
Some Nursing Homes Deaths Are Preventable
According to the Medical Journal of Australia, premature deaths of nursing home residents may result from preventable causes. Nursing homes exist to provide residents with high-quality care, regardless of the resident’s age or health status. Every death that occurs at a nursing home requires close examination.
Reasons that a nursing home resident, possibly including your loved one, may die prematurely include:
- A decline in their mental health due to neglect or abuse, which can contribute to or cause their physical decline.
- A fall that was the result of: improper monitoring, being rushed by an impatient caregiver, or unsafe conditions in the nursing home, such as wet or cluttered floors.
- Nurses or doctors failing to provide regular, thorough checkups on your loved one’s mental and physical health. This is often the result of an inadequately staffed nursing home.
- Your loved one suffering from an undiagnosed condition, because the staff within the nursing home lacks the necessary experience or skills.
- A general lack of activity in the nursing home, which may cause residents to live a sedentary life which is more likely to cause early death.
- Improper dosing of medication, whether your loved one receives too little or too much of a medication.
- Choking, which can result from caretakers rushing your loved one when they are eating, or failing to properly assist your loved one during meals.
- A car accident that happened under the watch of a nursing home employee.
- Drowning, which can happen if a caregiver does not properly monitor your loved one in a bathtub or pool.
- A complication related to medical care administered in the nursing home.
- Physical assault or poisoning by other residents in the nursing home, from whom nursing home staff should protect your loved one.
If your loved one passed away while living in a nursing home, and you believe that the death was premature or preventable, a Berwyn death lawyer can help you. A lawyer can help you bring a wrongful death suit against the responsible parties.
We Will Identify The Party Responsible For Your Loved One’s Death
Your loved one’s health status and age prior to dying do not matter if nursing home staff could have prevented the death. Nursing home residents possess rights, which include a right to the necessary care to prevent a premature death. If somebody violated your loved one’s right to adequate care, they should pay for your losses.
Possible defendants in a lawsuit stemming from a premature death in a nursing home include:
- Caregivers, such as nurses and doctors on duty when your loved one died.
- Staff responsible for setting policy and implementing systems of care in the nursing home where your loved one died (sometimes known as administrators).
- Any residents or additional parties who contributed to your loved one’s death.
A Berwyn death lawyer can help you identify who is at fault for your loved one’s premature death. The negligent party may be more than one defendant. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today to begin the process of pursuing compensation.
For a free legal consultation with a Death Lawyer serving Berwyn, call (800) 794-0444
A Berwyn Death Lawyer Will Start And Finish Your Wrongful Death Claim
Once we identify the defendant or defendants in your wrongful death claim are, our legal team will move forward with your case for awards. Your lawyer’s responsibilities will include:
- Informing nursing home representatives and other defendants of your lawsuit, as well as requesting their cooperation.
- Interviewing anybody who witnessed your loved one’s death or the actions of the defendants that led to your loved one’s death.
- Employing any professionals, such as doctors specializing in care for the elderly, who can attest that your loved one did not receive proper care and that improper care led to their premature death.
- Obtaining any direct evidence of negligence by the defendant(s), which could include video, photographs, medical records, or any other proof of inadequate care or wrongdoing that caused your loved one’s death.
- Overseeing the legal process for your wrongful death claim from our initial meeting until the case concludes.
- Fighting for compensation for your family.
A Berwyn death attorney will aim to prove that the defendants in your wrongful death claim somehow contributed to or directly caused your loved one to pass away prematurely. If the court agrees with your lawyer’s case, or you agree to a settlement with one or more defendants, then you may be entitled to awards.
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Wrongful Death-Related Compensation
When somebody wins a wrongful death suit, the compensation that they may collect depends on the specific circumstances of their case. This will apply to your case, as well. Compensation from your claim could include coverage for:
- The pain and suffering your family experienced because of your loved one’s death.
- The cost of your loved one’s funeral.
- Punitive damages.
- Any financial loss that resulted from your loved one’s death.
- The loss of comfort and companionship that your loved one provided.
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We eagerly accept tough cases, and we want to make sure that your family experiences the justice you deserve in the wake of your loved one’s loss. Call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free consultation. Our clients pay nothing upfront, and we only charge a fee if and when we secure compensation for you.