The family of a deceased nursing home patient has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Hunter Acres Caring Center and other affiliated entities. The lawsuit comes after a March 18, 2010 incident in which the patient wandered from the Missouri nursing home onto the nearby train track where she was struck and killed by a freight train.
Wandering tragedies such as this are more common than many would like to believe. Many nursing home patients, particularly those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s, may have a tendency to wander or elope from facilities.
- Installing door alarms
- Re-directing patients who have a tendency to wander
- Using lock and other restrictive devices for patients who have a history of wandering
- Adequately staffing facilities so staff can properly keep tabs on patients whereabouts
My colleague David Terry is representing the family in this matter and I am extremely confident that David will get to the heart of the facilities errors as discovery in the lawsuits progresses.
For additional information view our Missouri nursing home law page.