Wrongful Death Due to Nursing Home Abuse
When you put a loved one in a nursing home, you hoped it would prolong their life, that the constant care they received would avoid the dangers of living alone or with only the intermittent care you could provide. You never thought your loved one would suffer premature death due to the abusive actions of nursing home employees or residents.
If you know or suspect that your loved one’s death in a nursing home was due to the negligence of the nursing home, you may be able to receive compensation for your loss. To learn more, please call our Chicago nursing home abuse lawyers at 312-265-2778 or email Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. today for a free case evaluation.
Abuse Leads to Wrongful Death in Nursing Homes
There are, unfortunately, many types of nursing home abuse that can result in wrongful death. Neglect is a very common cause of death in nursing homes, but often it is accompanied by abuse, both by staff and by residents.
Nursing home staff have a great deal of power over the residents. Sometimes, the staff will use this power abusively. They might constantly insult or degrade a resident, or they may physically or sexually abuse residents. They might withhold medication or restrain residents physically or with dangerous drugs.
There is a wide range of physical abilities among nursing home patients. Some of them are fully capable of moving around, may be very strong, and may prey on weaker members of the population. Some nursing home patients suffer from mental illness and may be violent. A nursing home has a responsibility to protect weaker residents from these stronger ones.
Death due to nursing home abuse may come as a result of physical injuries, or it may come in the form of suicide. Nursing home patients sometimes commit suicide in a single dramatic act, or they may just stop eating or taking medication, resulting in death.
Nursing Homes Are Responsible
When a nursing home agrees to take in your loved one, they are agreeing to take full responsibility for your loved one’s wellbeing. Unfortunately, nursing homes are run for profit, with owners cutting costs to increase profit. This may lead to poor screening of nursing home personnel as long as they work cheap or a lack of personnel that can leave dangerous residents unsupervised. No matter the cause, a nursing home should not be allowed to profit from conditions that resulted in your loved one’s death.
If you have lost a loved one due to negligence or abuse in a nursing home, you may be able to receive compensation for your loss and hold them accountable. To learn more, please contact Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. in Chicago for a free consultation.