One of the more difficult decisions a Louisiana family must make centers around when to put a loved one in a nursing home. If the person has reached an age at which he or she needs supervision, medical care, or are suffering from an issue that requires monitoring but not hospitalization, then placing them in a nursing home is a wise step for everyone’s benefit.
However, some facilities are not as cautious with their care as they are supposed to be and the elderly or infirm person can suffer injuries and death while there. For people who believe a loved one suffered a fatal accident because of a medical mistake, negligence or abuse, having legal assistance is imperative to determine what happened and to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
There are seemingly daily stories in the news about people in nursing homes who were hurt or died because of errors in a facility. The injuries the residents can suffer can stem from bedsores due to a failure to ensure they are turned often enough to avoid them, falls, medication mistakes and outright abuse. People who are elderly and have problems communicating can be subjected to violence and other levels of mistreatment that could lead to their death. Simply failing to pay attention to a patient when medication is needed or they are waiting for assistance can have deadly consequences for which the facility should be held accountable.
It is one of the worst feelings a family can experience when they are informed that a loved one was injured, became ill or died because of a nursing home’s lack of care and oversight, but it happens all-too often. When there are clear indications that this has occurred or a family is suspicious that the loss of a loved one was not due to natural causes or illness, having legal advice from a law firm that understands how to investigate nursing homes is critical. Calling for help with a wrongful death lawsuit should be done as soon as possible.