WANE News reported recently on a new nursing home lawsuit that was filed by a family after a resident died following some sort of fight with another resident. The victim was apparently suffering from Alzheimer’s. Sadly, these sorts of incidents happen again and again, and they are usually preventable. In fact, our own legal team is representing a family whose loved one died in a similar situation in a nursing home in Oak Park.
Reports on this case suggest that the victim was an 88-year old woman who had lived at the defendant-nursing home for some time to receive close care. As with most seniors who develop cognitive conditions like Alzheimer’s, the resident likely needed close supervision to ensure she did not harm herself or was harmed by others If the allegations in this latest suit are to be believed, then the long-term care facility in this case likely failed in that duty.
While the details in the report are somewhat sparse, law enforcement officials who were involved in the matter suggest that the senior likely suffered head injuries after being pushed onto the floor by another resident. For seniors with various vulnerabilities, even seemingly minor falls can have serious, perhaps life threatening, ramifications. Caregivers in these settings are aware of these risks and must act prudently to prevent them
Making matters worse, in this case there are allegations that the caregivers attempted to cover up the homicide. Details on a possible cover-up are not provided in the report, but, if true, it represents the length that some facilities go to in an effort to push problematic incidents under the rug.
Accountability Following Tragedy
Losing a loved one is one of life’s greatest challenges. For many local residents, the death of a parent represents an incredibly difficult time, with emotions flooding together, forcing one to remember their past and re-evaluate their future without those who brought them into the world. There is simply no easy way to deal with these matters. And as the above case demonstrates, things are made that much worse when the death may have been prevented.
It is cliche to say that nothing will bring a lost loved one back. However, that is not to say that all deaths that may have been connected to abuse and neglect should be ignored. While, a particular resident cannot be made whole, steps can be taken to help other residents who may suffer similarly if changes are not made.
As our nursing home neglect attorneys have explained repeatedly, many of the worst long-term care facilities only enact safety changes when forced to protect their bottom line. Saving resident lives, on its own, is often not enough. That is why demanding legal accountability is critical. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit or otherwise bringing the matter to court is the single best way to guarantee that negligent facilities will feel the sting of their inadequate conduct. In that way, fellow residents are given the best chance of receiving adequate care in the future so that they can enjoy their golden years in peace and tranquility.
For help with these matters in the Chicago area, please consider getting in touch without neglect attorneys today.
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