The caretakers and staff at nursing facilities have a legal obligation to provide residents with a reasonable standard of care. This can include administering or obtaining any medical treatment that patients may require, providing adequate meals, and keeping patients and their living quarters clean, among other things. If the required care is not provided and it results in the injury or death of a resident, the nursing home owner, as well as the nursing home employees, may be held criminally or civilly liable.
The executrix of the estate for a man who died at an Ohio nursing home recently reportedly claims that the facility and its staff are responsible for the man's death. According to reports, the woman alleges that the facility did not properly train or supervise employees and failed to ensure that they were competent in performing the tasks asked of them. As a result, she says the man did not receive the care he deserved or required. The man's cause of death was not reported, but she suggests that employees neglected to recognize the symptoms and other signs of infection, in addition to allowing the man to develop pressure ulcers.
Based on her claims, the woman handling the man's estate has reportedly filed a civil lawsuit against the nursing home itself and 25 employees. She alleges in the lawsuit that the man's family and beneficiaries suffered a loss of companionship, as well as the loss of potential inheritance and mental anguish as a result of his death. According to reports, the executrix is seeking damages in excess of $25,000.
People who have suffered the loss of a loved one as a result of nursing home neglect may find it helpful to discuss their case with an attorney to understand their rights and options for pursing financial compensation.
Source: limaohio.com, "Woman files wrongful death lawsuit against nursing home," Greg Sowinski, July 9 2014