The New Times blog reported late last month on a new nursing home lawsuit filed by a man whose father was killed after wandering from the facility. The victim suffered from dementia and had been living at the home for about a month after getting injured in a bicycle accident.
One evening-around 7 p.m.-an on-call nursing attendant noticed that the man was not in his bed. The staff member asked another about his absence and was told that it wasn’t a big deal because he was probably out on the patio. It wasn’t until 10 p.m. that the attendants considered that the man was actually gone. However, it wasn’t until an hour after that, 11 p.m., that the police were called and the man was reported missing. It was another hour-midnight-before a search actually began for the man.
By that time there was nothing to be done. The senior had wandered onto train tracks and sat down in the path of the speeding machine. The conductor tried to warn the man, but he was eventually hit and killed. The man’s son subsequently filed a nursing home lawsuit alleging that the facility should have done more to prevent the accident.
As blog readers know, nursing home wandering is a serious problem that must be guarded against. Many residents are in these facilities specifically because they are a risk to themselves. Close observation by staff members is a central component of care at these facilities.
Our Illinois nursing home lawyers work with many families whose loved ones have fallen victim to this form of negligence. When one is killed because of these mistakes those relatives of the victim are capable of filing a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. It is an important tool to seek justice and provide accountability.
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