A family that suffered the loss of a loved one due to nursing home neglect has won a $42.75 million dollar verdict, according to WKYT-TV.
The victim, who was a Kentucky resident, died in April 2008 due to neglect from the nursing home staff. Malnutrition, infection, bedsores and dehydration were all contributing factors in his death. The victim, who was a World War II Veteran, died just nine days after being admitted into the nursing home at the age of 88.
Our deepest sympathies go out to the victim and his family. It is always hard to deal with the loss of a loved one, but it is especially hard when your loved one dies in a place that is supposed to offer care and attention.
Unfortunately nursing home abuse and neglect is not uncommon. Abuse can be both emotional or physical and include battery, rape, insults and threats. Neglect can include all of the factors in this case as well as withholding food and failure to dispense medications among many other things, according to the Nursing Home Abuse Center.
When you have a loved one who is a resident of a nursing home, it is important to make sure the are being taken care of properly. Often, abuse is not reported because residents are feel embarrassed or afraid. Constantly communicating with your loved one and visiting the facility will help to ensure they are receiving the care they need. If you suspect that your loved one is not receiving the proper care or if they complain of abuse or neglect, you should contact a lawyer immediately.
Our law firm has experience working with people who have lost family members due to this type of neglect and or abuse. Should your family member fall victim to nursing home neglect or abuse, it is important that you know your rights and the rights of your loved one. Our firm will gladly offer a consultation, completely free of charge, if you find yourself in this situation.