When an elderly patient dies due to the negligent, neglectful or abusive actions of those who are paid to care for them, it is not unreasonable for the family of the deceased to feel anger and to demand accountability. While no amount of financial compensation can replace your loved one, a lawsuit against the responsible parties can pave the path toward change by providing consequences for negligent behavior that encourages all nursing facilities to change their policies. The Chicago Injury Center is a leading personal injury law firm in Illinois and it is the goal of our nursing home abuse lawyers to positively impact the quality of care all elderly patients receive by making sure that negligence, malpractice and abuse do not occur without severe repercussions.
Causes of Untimely Deaths of Nursing Home Patients
Wrongful death occurs when negligent actions cause the death of another person— and the family of the deceased has the legal right to compensation when a person or organization is responsible for his or her death. Common causes of premature death in nursing care facilities include the following.
- Infections caused by medical conditions which have been neglected and failure to treat these infections before they spread to vital organs. Sepsis, a form of infection that has reached the blood is often the result of such untreated infections.
- Complications accompanying untreated bedsores.
- Trauma caused when a patient falls or is dropped.
- Death by asphyxiation or choking due to food or assisted breathing devices.
- Medication Errors.
When a loved one dies while under the care of a nursing facility; it is fully in the right of the family to investigate the circumstances involved in the person’s death both for closure and to ensure that neglect or negligence was not a factor. The nursing home abuse team at the Chicago Injury Center is more than happy to evaluate and investigate your case and to let you know whether steps could have been taken to prevent the cause of your loved one’s death. If any form of neglect, abuse or negligence is discovered, our lawyers can advise you further on your legal options and how best to proceed.
The Benefit of Having a Legal Team on Your Side to Investigate & Prosecute the Loss of a Loved One
Our access to medical experts and experience handling cases similar to your own allows us to determine whether you have a solid case and to maximize your chance of recovering damages and the amount of compensation you are awarded. Our services come at no risk to you because we will never require payment unless we are able to win or settle your case. Contact us today to set up a free consultation with one of our qualified nursing home abuse lawyers for more information about your rights, the litigation process and how best to proceed with your case. Even if you are unsure of whether your loved one’s death was the result of neglect or negligence, our team can review the details of your case and give you the answers that you need to make the best possible decision.