A lawsuit has been filed against Emerald South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Buffalo after an 82 year old woman was beaten to death by another resident. Late last August, Ruth Murray was suffering from dementia, mistakenly entered a fellow resident’s room in the same unit and was fatally beaten. The man thought a stranger had broken into his home and violently attacked Ms. Murray, leaving her with a broken neck, a collapsed lung, and other broken bones. Ruth Murray died after 3 days in the hospital.
Supervision a Basic Requirement for All Nursing Home Residents
Residents of nursing homes have chosen a facility to aid in their care when they or their loved ones are unable to provide that same level of care at home. It should go without saying that all nursing home residents should be adequately supervised based on their overall physical and mental health. It seems inconceivable that any resident, much less one living in a dementia unit, could wander into another patient’s room and have it go unnoticed. Unfortunately incidents such as these happen frequently. The reasons are typically poor training of staff and too many patients for too few staff members. However, the reasons for negligence never can justify the tragedy that has taken place.
If you believe that a loved one has suffered as a result of negligence, our attorneys have represented clients in a number of lawsuits involving wandering within and from nursing homes and may be able to help you. Please contact us online or call us at 877-374-1417 or 312-332-2872 for a confidential and free nursing home case consultation.