When Serious Injuries To The Most Vulnerable Lead To Wrongful Death
There are many common myths regarding people in nursing homes. Some say they are bound to die sometime soon, they have no significant value to their families and it is normal for accidents to happen from time to time resulting in unexpected death.
In fact, people who enter nursing homes do so with the expectation that their health and well-being will be protected by their caregivers. Elderly or not, disabled or not — residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Toledo, Sylvania and throughout the region deserve the best. They should receive same kind of high-quality care as all persons under the care of professionals.
Sadly, our elders often suffer harm because of negligence or abuse in a nursing home. Many preventable accidents hasten the end of life for long-term care residents in Ohio. If this happened to a member of your family, ask for a free consultation with a lawyer from our firm.
Why Do These Tragedies Occur?
At the Law Offices of Gary Osborne & Associates, our attorneys have been investigating and litigating medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and preventable nursing home death cases in Ohio for more than 30 years. We seek out experts from around the country to enhance our ability to evaluate potential wrongful death claims in a nursing home context.
Nursing home residents sometimes die as a result of preventable circumstances, including:
- Bed railings or other protective devices designed to prevent falls were not left up despite a specific request or clear risk. All too often, residents fall in such situations after rolling off the bed. A head injury or a broken hip then leads to complications and in many cases, death.
- The nursing home was understaffed to the point that no caregiver was available to help when an elderly resident was in distress.
- Nursing home attendants failed to monitor a resident resulting in their choking death or another preventable accident.
- The resident died of an infection such as sepsis stemming from a bedsore or pressure sore that came about through negligent care.
- The resident suffered from and died of a preventable condition like dehydration, malnourishment or malnutrition. Often, we discover the cause is as simple as staff ignoring the fact that the person had not been eating or drinking much for some time.
If your loved one died because of nursing home negligence or abuse, you may be eligible to seek compensation for medical expenses, funeral expenses, and pain and suffering.