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What Is A Wrongful Death Case?
“Wrongful death” is a term that commonly applies to a lawsuit brought against a nursing home by the family of a deceased person related to the facilities negligence. In a wrongful death lawsuit, the victim’s survivors are entitled to monetary damages as a result of the improper conduct.
A wrongful death claim generally consists of four elements:
- The death was caused, in whole or part, by the conduct of the defendant
- The defendant facility was negligently liable for the victim’s death
- There is a surviving spouse, children, beneficiaries or dependents
- Monetary damages have resulted from the victim’s death.
Commonly Encountered Causes Of Wrongful Death Lawsuits In Nursing Homes
The underlying basis for a wrongful death lawsuit against a nursing home may include the following:
- Bed sores / Pressure sores / Pressure ulcers / Decubitus ulcers
- Medication errors
- General neglect
- Improper medical care
How To Begin The Process Of Investigating A Potential Wrongful Death Lawsuit Involving A Nursing Home Patient?
Many states have separate ‘wrongful death’ causes of action. In some cases, the laws applicable to wrongful death cases differ substantially from general ‘personal injury’ laws. Consequently, it is important to speak to a lawyer who regularly handles wrongful death cases to keep apprised of your legal rights. Our nursing home negligence attorneys have successfully prosecuted nursing home negligence cases that resulted in the death of a patient. In addition to having an excellent track record for success, our attorneys are mindful of the loss that your family is dealing with and always work to with an eye towards easing the burden on you. We invite you to call or contact our attorneys anytime that is convenient for you to discuss you situation and legal options moving forward. 888-424-5757. Free consultations.