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Man Suffering from Dementia Wanders Out of Facility, Later Dies From Injuries

The widow of a Charleston, West Virginia man is suing the nursing home that allowed her husband to allegedly leave the facility without pants in 42 degree weather in March 2015. The widow, Patsy Rowe, alleges that Princeton Center LLC was negligent in its training of staff on how to properly supervise and care for residents suffering from mental disabilities. Due to his elopement from the facility, Mr. Rowe suffered injuries that ultimately led to his death in October 2015.

The case is a sad reminder of the frequency of wandering and elopement from nursing homes. Elopement specifically refers to a resident leaving the facility unnoticed, while wandering refers to the ability of a resident to move freely throughout a facility without adequate supervision. Both instances can be tragic for a resident who suffers from limited physical or mental capabilities. Nursing homes and care facilities are directly responsible for the supervision of its residents and are required to meet the specific needs and care requirements of each person. Oftentimes, lack of staff and improper training on safety measures are to blame for a resident being able to wander through or altogether leave a facility.

The Chicago, Illinois nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys of Levin and Perconti have successfully handled numerous cases of wandering and elopement from facilities, including a $1 million verdict for the family of a woman who wandered unnoticed from her room and died from a 5th story fall from a window in her nursing home.

If you believe that a loved one suffered injuries as a result of wandering or elopement from a nursing home or care facility, please act now to protect your rights. Our experienced attorneys are here to help you review the facts of your case and determine if you have a case against a nursing home. Consultations are completely free and can be requested online or by phone at 877-374-1417 or 312-332-2872.