On behalf of Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A. posted in Wrongful Death on Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Beloved by their children, grandchildren, and even their great-grandchildren, elderly people deserve excellent care. Unfortunately, many Ohioans are unable to take care of their elderly relatives without the help of nursing homes. In most cases, nursing home staff members provide outstanding care, but sometimes residents fall victim to nursing home neglect. Thankfully, justice is often served through a wrongful death lawsuit.

After spending four years at a nursing home, a woman died at the age of 85. Although she may have died of natural causes, her family members alleged that the nursing home’s inadequate care caused her death. According to the lawsuit that the victim’s family filed against the nursing home, the woman’s medical needs were not met and she suffered a fall while she lived at the nursing home.

Ultimately, the members of the family received $90 million to compensate for the pain and suffering that the nursing home caused. The ruling comes after another lawsuit against the nursing home; staff members had apparently neglected to provide an elderly woman with adequate fluids, and she later died. The victim’s family also received more than $90 million in damages.

For this reason, many families often try their best to either support their loved ones at home or facilities similar to an assisted living center in Fullerton or in their local area, so they will get the best care possible. Nursing homes are seen as another alternative to senior living support, especially when it comes to end of life care. Even though nursing home residents are usually near the end of their lives, they’re entitled to high-quality, attentive care. People who have experienced the loss of a loved one may be able to receive compensation through a wrongful death claim. Although some states have limited the amount of compensation that victims of medical negligence are able to receive, some cases involving nursing homes aren’t subject to these limits. For the families of victims of nursing home neglect, it can be helpful to work with an attorney.

Source: West Virginia Record, “Nursing home settles wrongful death lawsuit against it,” John O’Brien, July 13, 2013