Our office successfully recovered $475,000 for nursing home abuse that resulted in the wrongful death of a seventy-seven year old nursing home resident. The facts of the case are tragic. In this case, the resident was beaten to death by his room-mate.
The nursing home naturally denied all responsibility for the acts of the assaulting resident. But our office was able to prove that the nursing home was not only complicit, but that they themselves were guilty of nursing home abuse that resulted in the wrongful death of our client.
An investigation in the facts of the occurrence revealed that the room-mate was mentally deranged. This fact was known to the nursing home (and hidden from us). The mentally deranged room-mate was potentially dangerous and belonged in a psych ward. The room-mate was twenty years younger than the resident. The pairing of a seventy-seven year old individual with a room-mate twenty years younger was questionable and in this case highly inappropriate. With these facts, and others, we were able to prove that the nursing home was responsible for the death of our client.
Nursing home residents suffer abuse in many different ways. Most of the time, the neglect is hidden. Rarely is the abuse obvious. The resident many times will not be able to tell you of the abuse. Or, the nursing home employees will deny the abuse. The nursing home records will always show excellent care provided to the resident. However, the resident will show signs of abuse through the deterioration of his health and possibly, eventual death. The resident may not be getting his medication. The resident may not be fed properly. The resident might not be supervised properly.
Nursing home malpractice most of the time only becomes apparent indirectly. Nursing Home malpractice has many tell-tale signs. Those signs are an increasingly unhealthy resident. The resident will show malnutrition, infections, dehydration, unexplained injuries, pressure ulcers, rapid weight loss, falls and fractures, abrupt changes in behavior. This list goes on and on.
Once you begin to suspect malpractice, you must now prove it. Suspecting there is nursing home malpractice and proving it are two entirely different concepts. The medical records will show excellent care provided to the resident. The records will show faithful and timely bed turning, adherence to scrupulous medication schedules, excellent feeding and nutrition, constant supervision, and appropriate and attentive care. The nursing home will provide other reasons for the decline in the health of the resident. The resident has prior medical conditions. The resident is old. The resident refuses to eat. The resident is uncooperative. The resident was not careful. The list goes on and on.
If you believe your loved one may be a victim of nursing home malpractice, call our office immediately. Charles J. Gale has over thirty years of experience in prosecuting claims of nursing home malpractice. Call (312) 372-0300. There is no fee for the consultation. There is no fee at all unless we win and we recover.