Nursing Home Negligence Leading to a Wrongful Death
According to the Department of Public Health, the state of Illinois has about 1,200 long-term care facilities that care for over 100,000 residents. Nursing homes are essential for caring for our elderly loved ones. We trust these facilities to care for our most vulnerable family members, but they sometimes cut corners, make mistakes, or intentionally harm our loved ones.
When this negligence leads to the death of a loved one, you need to speak to an Illinois wrongful death lawyer. An injury attorney serving Illinois can help you determine whether the nursing home is responsible for your loved one’s death and help you make them pay for their negligence. If the people who were charged with caring for your loved one caused their death, you need an expert attorney on your side. Consider Illinois attorney Jesse Guerra.What is a Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death occurs when a person’s death is caused by another person or entity’s actions, intent, or negligence. In nursing home cases, there are many ways that wrongful death can occur but most often, wrongful deaths occur because of negligence.What is Nursing Home Negligence in a Wrongful Death Case?
Nursing home negligence leading to a wrongful death can occur in a number of ways, but each way involves breaching the duty of care owed to their patients. To prove negligence and build a wrongful death case against a nursing home, you and your lawyer will need to prove the following:
- That the nursing home owed your loved one a duty of care
- That the nursing home breached that duty of care in some way
- That the breach of duty of care caused the death of your loved one
- That the damages you are seeking were directly caused by the wrongful death of your loved one
Call an Illinois wrongful death lawyer immediately if you believe that a nursing home in any way caused the death of your loved one.
Examples of Nursing Home NegligenceImproper Medication or Medical Malpractice
Giving too much or too little of certain medications can cause the death of nursing home residents in certain situations. Malpractice can also occur in nursing homes where misdiagnosis or mistreatment of certain illnesses can cause deaths.Slips and Falls
Nursing home residents are usually elderly and their bones are more fragile than younger healthier peoples’ bones. Because of this, slips and falls can have grave consequences and can sometimes be the fault of improper supervision, facility maintenance, or improper care in a nursing home.
Call an injury attorney serving Illinois if a slip and fall in a nursing home caused the death of your loved one.Abuse
Elderly abuse is unfortunately common in nursing homes. Both physical and psychological abuses can be considered in a wrongful death lawsuit.Dehydration and Malnutrition
Elderly nursing home patients rely on caregivers to give them their food and water if they are unable to eat and drink for themselves due to illness. Mistakes and oversights in these areas can be deadly.Infections
It is the responsibility of caregivers to make sure that residents do not develop unwanted infections like bedsores. If a patient develops bedsores that cause their death under a nurse’s watch, this could be negligence.
Call a lawyer immediately if you believe any of the above caused your loved one’s death.Who Should You Call?
After the death of a loved one in a nursing home, you should have an attorney on your side. To ensure that you have the best shot of making negligent nursing homes pay, you need a lawyer with experience. Illinois attorney Jesse Guerra is an expert in wrongful death claims related to nursing homes and wants to help you today. Call now for a free, no-obligation consultation at 1-800-555-0101.