Sadly, nursing home abuse and neglect sometimes result in wrongful death in nursing homes. Family members and others with a financial interest in the deceased patient may have grounds to sue if a person died a wrongful death as a result of the nursing home staff’s negligence. When medical personnel do their jobs incorrectly, the result can be the death of an elderly person. The following are examples of cases in which a nursing home center was found to be at fault in the death of a patient:
A woman in her 80s became extremely dehydrated while staying at a nursing home. She had to be hospitalized. When she returned to the nursing home, pressure sores or bed sores developed; and she was once again hospitalized. The bed sores were so severe that the patient suffered from a bad infection that finally resulted in her death. The nursing home was sued for negligence and fraud. It was contended that the nursing home concealed the truth about the inadequacy of the staff to do the job correctly. The result of the wrongful death suit was that the deceased’s estate was awarded $83 million.
In another case, a 90-year-old man died as a result of numerous health complications that he suffered while staying at a nursing home. Those illnesses included anemia caused by a deficiency of iron, a breakdown of his skin, multiple strokes, and infections in his urinary tract. It was alleged that the nursing home facility was not adequately staffed and failed to follow their own protocols. For instance, they failed to contact the man’s doctor when he became ill. The case was settled with the man’s estate receiving $13.5 million