The decision to place one of our loved ones in a nursing home is never a lighthearted one and we would never place them under the care of a home unless they really needed it. We expect the nursing homes with which we trust the care of our loved ones to provide respect and service so that our loved ones can live the remainder of their days in dignity.
All too often we hear stories of nursing homes that neglect their patients and the horrific manner in which nursing home patients pass away when they have been neglected. Because of how easy it is to prevent many of the premature deaths that occur in nursing homes, it is that much more important that nursing homes are held accountable for their negligent acts.
Malnourishment and Dehydration
Improper nutrition and dehydration can worsen existing conditions or bring about new ones that may cause the death of the patient. When patients lack essential nutrients and are poorly hydrated, they become frailer, have an increased risk of falling and are susceptible to infections. If a patient dies from a condition that was brought about by poor nutrition or hydration, the nursing home is responsible and should be held accountable.
Errors in the administration of medications are extremely common in nursing homes and patients often receive the wrong medication or dosage. In other instances, doctors may not check to see whether a new medication will have an adverse reaction to the medicines that a patient is already taking. Some of these drug reactions can result in changes in mood and behavior while other drug reactions may cause heart failure, stroke or other life threatening conditions. When elderly patients die prematurely because of errors by nursing home staff regarding their medication regimen, the family of the patient may have cause for a wrongful death case against the facility where the errors were made.
Common types of medication errors include: administering the wrong medication, improper dosage, failing to provide medication or providing medications that should not be mixed together.
Bed Sores are rarely a cause of death, but they are extremely painful and open the body to infection when they are allowed to progress past their early stages. The amount of pain and suffering that a patient experiences when he or she is afflicted with bedsores is saddening and when the sores get infected, there is a dire need for immediate emergency care. Many nursing homes try to cover up the existence of bedsores rather than address the needs of the patient. As a result, emergency care is often only provided when it is too late and patients die from sepsis or other advanced infections that resulted from the sores.
Determining how to proceed from legal perspective following the death of a loved one at a nursing home
Whenever a person’s death is the result of a willful or negligent act, his or her family has the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has defended the rights of many clients in the past who have been affected by nursing home abuse and continues to represent the elderly and their families in nursing home abuse cases. If your loved one’s death was the result of a nursing home’s lack of proper care, our Chicago nursing home attorneys can help hold the nursing home accountable for their poor treatment of your loved one.
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