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What should I do if I have lost a loved one due to a wrongful death caused by nursing home abuse or negligence?

Nursing home neglect or abuse can be fatal to your family member

Losing a loved one at any age is extremely difficult. It causes a lot of grief and sorrow as you try to come to terms with the loss. When the loss is caused by neglect or abuse of a nursing home, many other feelings may come into the picture. You may experience guilt, anger, or depression.

A Nursing Home’s Failure to Care for Your Loved One Can Be a Wrongful Death

Nursing homes have a duty to provide reasonable care for residents. If members of the staff have been neglectful or abusive, then they have violated that duty, and their actions or inactions could result in a resident’s wrongful death.

If you have lost a loved one due to a wrongful death caused by a nursing home, then you should:

  • Grieve. Your most important first step is take care of yourself and your surviving loved ones. It can be difficult to deal with an unexpected loss. Take the time to do what is necessary to properly grieve your loss.
  • Contact an attorney. If your loved one died because of the abuse or negligence of nursing home staff, then your loved one may have suffered a wrongful death. Your loved one’s estate may be able to file a wrongful death claim, and it is important that you hold the nursing home accountable for what happened. Your attorney will help you gather the important information it takes to successfully pursue a claim.
  • File a claim. With assistance from your wrongful death attorney, you will begin the claims process. Through the claims process you will be able to receive compensation for the losses the death caused you and you may be able to convince the nursing home to change its policies and procedures so that other families do not have to endure similar losses.

Death is the most serious injury that could result from nursing home negligence. To discuss the legal process after a deadly nursing home incident, contact a wrongful death attorney at Hupy and Abraham. Call 800-800-5678 today for a FREE legal consultation with one of our compassionate trial attorneys.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham