Buckfire & Buckfire P.C nursing home wrongful death attorneys are experienced with representing resident’s families who pursue lawsuits for the loss of their loved one due to wandering from a nursing home during a Michigan winter. This act is very dangerous and occurs when a resident walks away from supervision without being noticed and enters into an unsupervised, unfamiliar and dangerous area. When wandering occurs during the winter months it can result in death due to hypothermia. The elderly are often victims of cold-related illness resulting in death. During the winter seasons from 1989-2011, a total of 407 hypothermia deaths have occurred and 182 were people age 65 and older.
Hypothermia is defined as a drop in body temperature to less than 94.1 degrees Fahrenheit as a result of exposure to cold weather. Without immediate efforts to reverse the body’s core temperature, loss and restore it to safer levels, hypothermia can quickly lead to a dangerous loss of physical and mental abilities, unconsciousness and death. Hypothermia is most dangerous during Michigan winters; the winter season is defined as October 1 to March 31 each year. Most hypothermia deaths occur during the months of January and December; however, deaths due to hypothermia have been reported from September through May.
Claims for death from wandering during freezing cold weather will be brought against the responsible nursing home or assisted living facility. Our experienced nursing home wrongful death attorneys have an in-depth understanding of lawsuits involving wandering cases against Michigan nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
Sue Michigan Nursing Home For Resident Death From Winter Wandering
We trust nursing home facilities and their staff members to keep our loved ones safe. Sometimes, because of age, dementia or other medical conditions, our loved ones require additional observation to keep them from wandering away from a nursing home. These residents are the most vulnerable to dangers outside the facility. Unfortunately, residents of nursing home facilities don’t always receive the observation they require. Sometimes this is the result of inadequate training of nursing home staff. Other times it results when an inadequate number of properly trained staff members are assigned to care for the residents.
Regardless of the cause, when a Michigan nursing home fails to prevent a resident from wandering away from the facility, during the winter months, that resident can be put in a dangerous situation and it may result in death. If your loved died from wandering from a nursing home during Michigan winter, that nursing home facility is responsible for failing to prevent him or her from wandering. You need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney willing to fight for the full compensation you deserve.
Contact Your Michigan Nursing Home Wrongful Death Attorney
If a loved one died due wandering away from Michigan nursing home in winter, call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced nursing home wrongful death attorneys. We will start working on your case immediately and gather the necessary evidence to prove and win your case. We will also get you the real answers as to what happened and how it happened. We have a top track record of successful settlements and verdicts in nursing home neglect wrongful death cases in Michigan and we can do the same for you. Call today for your free consultation and learn your legal rights!