You were devastated when you heard the tragic news: your beloved relative has suddenly died. She was entered into a nursing home because of her failing health, but you thought sending her there would help her. So along with sadness, you also feel confusion about why she passed away.

You often wondered if members of the nursing home staff took care of her as well as they should have. Although she never complained, you sometimes had a feeling that something was wrong. If the staff’s negligence was the cause of her passing, you may have a wrongful death claim on your hands.

Common Reasons for Nursing Home Death Due to Negligence

If your loved one passed away from any of the following reasons, it could be a sign of a wrongful death situation.

  • Dehydration and malnutrition. Incapacitated residents rely upon the help of nursing home staff for all of their basic needs, including food and drink. Often, staff members neglect to provide the patients with what they need, and those patients become malnourished and dehydrated. These conditions are even more prone to occur if your loved one has a feeding tube.
  • Bedsores. Also called pressure ulcers, bedsores occur when skin is in contact with a surface for an extended period of time. Typically, this occurs when a person lies in bed without moving for hours upon hours, which is a sign of neglect. These wounds are not only painful, but can become severely infected and cause septic shock or death.
  • Medication mistakes. A majority of those in nursing homes require medication in order to stay healthy. Rushed or distracted staff members can accidentally give the wrong medication or dose to a patient and ultimately cause her death.

We Can Seek Justice for Your Loved One

Nursing home negligence is inexcusable, and we may be able to help you seek justice for the untimely and unnecessary death of your loved one.

Contact the legal team of Christopher J. Hudson today through our website chat feature, by filling out our online form, or by giving us a call, and find out how we may be able to help you.

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Local Augusta lawyer specializing in mass tort workers' comp, car accident and personal injury claims.
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